4 Tips to Solve Problems in Your Gums


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Jefferson Dental Clinics

Latino adults suffer 2.5-times as much gum disease as their white peers.Dentist Demonstrating How To Brush Teeth To Female Patient

Gum health is just as critical as teeth health; swollen or bleeding gums and gum recession all can signal a greater oral health issue that, if left unchecked, can cause severe infection or even tooth loss.

What causes swollen gums?

Swollen gums can be an early indicator of gum disease, which in its early stages is known as gingivitis. Inflamed gums can cause serious discomfort and pain, particularly while eating and drinking. Additional causes of gum inflammation are tobacco use, poor nutrition, diabetes, and certain medications.

What causes bleeding gums?

Healthy gums should not bleed during routine brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can cause gums to bleed, as well as hormonal changes during pregnancy, bleeding disorders, ill-fitting dentures, leukemia, and vitamin K deficiencies.

What is gum recession?

Gum recession—where the gums pull back from the tooth surface, revealing the roots of the teeth—is often a result of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, when left untreated, causes pockets to form between the gums and teeth where bacteria and plaque collect, and teeth can loosen. Other causes of receding gums include smoking, aggressive brushing, hardened plaque buildup, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.

Tips for healthy gums

  1. Address any noticeable swelling, bleeding or recession of the gums immediately.
  2. Visit the dentist for twice-annual dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup around the gums.
  3. During dental visits, tell your dentist if you have noticed any pain, inflammation, bleeding, recession, changes in how your teeth bite or if your teeth feel loose.
  4. Maintain a healthy diet rich in vitamin C and vitamin K to strengthen the soft tissues of the body.

And, of course, brush twice daily and floss your teeth!

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