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Reasons You May Have Red or Swollen Gums

December 18, 2020
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Posted By: Advanced Dental Care
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One morning you’re brushing your teeth and notice red or swollen gums. This can happen for a few reasons, including mouth irritation, brushing your teeth too hard, or a specific allergy. Another culprit could be gingivitis or periodontal disease (gum disease).

Gingivitis is a prerequisite to gum disease, and the symptoms can be very subtle in the early stages. As gingivitis advances, you may notice:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums pocketing away from teeth
  • Gum swelling
  • Gum redness
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

It is crucial to reach out to your Winter Springs, FL dentist at the first signs of change. While gingivitis is reversible, periodontitis is only treatable.

Periodontal Disease Treatment in Winter Springs, FL

If your dentist diagnosis gingivitis, we typically recommend a specific teeth cleaning schedule in our office and a change to your at-home routine.

When gingivitis becomes periodontal disease, specialized treatments called planing and scaling may be in order. This calls for deep cleanings below the gum line and a smoothing of the tooth surface to help your gums better adhere to your teeth.

Why Periodontal Treatment Is Critical

Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and even dementia. Without treatment, you also risk losing your teeth to this disease.

Your dentist in Winter Springs has a lot of experience helping patients through these treatments, and we will be with you every step of the way.

We are also here to answer your questions through the treatment process and address your concerns.

Lower Your Risks for Periodontal Disease in Winter Springs, FL

Schedule your preventive dentistry exam and teeth cleaning. These practices, along with an excellent brushing and flossing regimen, have been shown to significantly lower periodontal disease risks.

We also recommend contacting our dental office if you notice changes to your oral health between dental visits.

Our office proudly serves patients in all locales, including Winter Springs, Slavia, and Lake Howell.

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