Do you have swollen gums?
If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, you’re not alone. When people think about oral health, they often focus on caring for their teeth to prevent any cavities from developing. However, there should be equal focus on the gums as well. Plenty of people ignore the health of their gums and don’t realize that gums are directly correlated to the health of their overall bodies. More than 3/4 of American adults over 35 years are diagnosed with periodontitis or gum disease.
What are the causes of swollen gums?
Proper brushing and flossing can help protect your teeth and gums from harmful bacteria. If you do not regularly brush and floss, bacteria can form a sticky layer of plaque on your teeth. This layer of plaque can cause gums to become inflamed, red, swollen or even bleed. Swollen or bleeding gums can sometimes indicate the presence of a gum disease. However, there may be other causes of your swollen or bleeding gums that can only be diagnosed from a dentist.
The good news is that early forms of gum disease such as gingivitis can be reversed and healed with proper hygiene habits. Gingivitis, if left untreated, can become a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is an indicator that the gums and bone are weakened from being exposed to toxic bacteria. Periodontitis can potentially lead to tooth loss. It is important to be proactive with your oral health and visit a dentist every 6 months in order to prevent any potential harm to your oral and overall health.
What are the symptoms of a potential gum disease?
- Changes in the alignment of your teeth when biting down
- Bleeding gums from brushing
- Bad breath or taste in the mouth
- Receding and/or tender gums
- Swollen gums or jaw
Schedule An Emergency Dental Appointment
These are reasons for and common symptoms of swollen or bleeding gums. However, every case is different and may require certain treatments that can only be recommended by a professional dentist. The dentists at our Washington DC dental practice recommend preventative measures such as proper brushing and flossing techniques and regular hygiene visits to protect our patients from developing gum disease. Regardless, serious cases of gum disease can develop and lead to discomfort. If you are experiencing any form of swelling in your gums, please contact the doctors at DC Dental Spa who can properly diagnose your case and create your customized treatment plan. At our Washington DC practice, we offer free consultations, same day, weekend and evening emergency appointments. Contact our emergency hotline at any time to reach one of our emergency specialists.