Occasionally you may notice that you have swollen gums or that your gums are red or painful. This is common and there are many reasons that your gums have swelled up. Most of the times there is something that has inflamed the gums temporarily such as a sharp piece of food or eating or drinking something that was too hot. It becomes a problem with the swelling continues after a good brushing and flossing. Reese Dental at Lake Country is here to help you with swollen gums.
Proper oral hygiene keeps bacteria at a minimum and that greatly reduces the amount of plaque that will form on the teeth. If plaque has a chance to form, the bacteria will cause your gums to become inflamed. You may notice redness, swelling, pain, and bleeding. These are some symptoms that plaque is irritating your gums.
Another contributor to swollen and inflamed gums can be the way you are brushing your teeth. Ideally you would use a soft bristled toothbrush and gentle brush your teeth and gums in a circular motion. Some people think that brushing hard will remove all the plaque and bacteria better but vigorous brushing can cause erosion to the enamel of the teeth and inflammation of the gums.
Do I Have Gum Disease?
Sometimes swollen gums are more than just a need for better brushing and flossing. You could have gum disease such as gingivitis. There is also a more serve form of gum disease called periodontitis. Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis if it’s not treated properly & the gums and bones that hold your teeth in place will become weak. Tooth and bone loss can happen if this disease is not treated.
Signs of Periodontitis:
- Red & Swollen Gums
- Receding Gums
- Bleeding during or after tooth brushing
- Changes in your teeth
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