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Understanding What Your Gums Are Telling You

Posted on 5/23/2022 by Artistic Smiles
Understanding What Your Gums Are Telling YouIf you have been brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and are still seeing blood every time you brush, it is time to look at your gums. Healthy gums should be pink and firm - if they are red, swollen, or receding. It could mean that you have gum disease.

What Does Bleeding Gums Imply?

Bleeding gums can indicate several health issues, ranging from relatively benign conditions to more serious medical concerns. For example, gum disease is a common cause of bleeding gums. This condition happens when bacteria building up in your mouth causes inflammation and infection around the teeth. Other possible causes of bleeding gums include oral trauma and certain medications, such as blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs.

What Does Swollen and Puffy Gums Mean?

Swollen and puffy gums can be a sign of inflammation, which can be caused by several things, including plaque build-up, poor dental hygiene, or gingivitis. Inflamed gums are red and can bleed easily. They may also be tender to the touch. For swollen and puffy gums, it is essential to see your dentist right away so they can determine the cause and provide treatment. In some cases, inflamed gums can be treated at home with simple measures like brushing and flossing more regularly or using an antibacterial mouthwash.

What Does Receding Gums Mean?

Receding gums can be a sign of periodontitis, a form of gum disease. This condition occurs when bacteria buildup in the mouth causes inflammation and infection around the teeth. As the disease progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth root. It can make the teeth appear longer than they are. In addition to causing cosmetic concerns, receding gums can also lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

If you notice any type of change in your gums, contact our dentists to schedule an appointment. We can help you find the cause of the problem and provide treatment to help improve your oral health.

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