Gum tissue is sensitive to certain bacteria that reside in the mouth. When bacteria on the teeth are not cleaned away routinely, the gum tissue can become inflamed, a condition called gingivitis. Without general dental treatment, gingivitis can evolve into receding gums or periodontal disease. If you have bleeding, swollen or receding gums, treatment is available at SmileBuilders, Inc. in Canton, Byram, and Lucedale, MS.
The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Some of these bacteria feed off food debris left on the teeth, creating a film over the teeth called plaque. If left on the teeth, plaque can harden into tartar. Both tartar and plaque can irritate and infect the gum tissue, causing inflammation. The gums may be tender and swollen, which can make them prone to bleeding, especially when brushing your teeth. These are symptoms of either gingivitis or gum disease, which can jeopardize your oral health.
Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums
Routine oral hygiene can help prevent bleeding, swollen or receding gums. Brushing and flossing twice a day combined with dental cleanings at your dentist’s office are the best way to prevent gum disease or gingivitis. However, if you already have receding, swollen gums, there is treatment available to provide relief from symptoms and stop progression of this disease. Deep cleanings into the pockets between the tooth and gums can remove plaque and tartar. Antibiotics or medications to fight the infection may also be recommended.
Receding or swollen gums can lead to serious periodontitis that cannot be reversed. At the first signs of inflamed gum tissue, contact us at SmileBuilders, Inc. to schedule receding gum treatment. Contact our office to schedule a cleaning and checkup. Our hygienist can thoroughly clean your teeth and inspect your gum tissue for signs of periodontal disease. If you have gingivitis or gum disease, we can create a treatment plan to protect your oral and overall health.