Are You Experiencing Red Or Swollen Gums?
Are you experiencing red or swollen gums? Do your gums bleed after brushing your teeth? If that is the case, you could be suffering from a common dental problem that is important to treat because it is not reversible — but we can keep it from getting worse. Read more to find out about this issue.
Receding gums occur when the gum tissue around the teeth is worn away, uncovering the root of the tooth. Pockets are created between the gum line and the teeth, where bacteria can build up and cause infection. When this bacteria accumulates, the surrounding tissue and jawbone can become damaged, and such an injury can lead to a permanent loss of teeth.
Typically symptoms of receding gums include:
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums bleed after brushing
- Loose teeth and exposed roots
Now that you know what receding gums are, you may wonder what causes it. Here are the most common factors that cause this gum condition:
- Genetics — Some people are predisposed by genetics to have thin or weak gums
- Brushing too hard — A common cause of receding gums is aggressive brushing or the use of hard bristles
- Poor oral care — Bad brushing habits can lead to large amounts of bacteria buildup on the teeth
- Tobacco use — Smoking or using tobacco products can worsen receding gum lines
A Sign Of Gum Disease?
Receding gums is also an early sign of the gum disease gingivitis. This is when poor oral hygiene makes the gums inflamed due to plaque buildup. If left untreated, the damage to the gumline will expand to the bone underneath, causing tooth loss.
It’s important to call us if these symptoms sound familiar so that we can check your gums at our Lewisville, TX office. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you!