At Rivers + West Family Dentistry, we encourage preventive dental practices. This includes proper oral hygiene to keep teeth and gums in good condition. Poor oral hygiene is the source of many dental problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. When caught early, they can be treated with minimal discomfort. Left untreated, both can have devastating effects on your oral health. Receding gums are often an indication of gum disease, especially if the gums are puffy or swollen. Bright pink or red gums that bleed when you brush or floss are also signs of gum disease.
The way in which this problem is addressed depends on what is causing it and how severe it is. There are a few different reasons for receding gums besides gum disease.
Aggressive tooth brushing with a brush that is too stiff can erode tooth enamel and cause the gums to recede. In this case, changing to a softer bristle brush and practicing brushing with less pressure may be all that is required to remedy the problem. For some individuals, receding gums are a genetic trait. If you have inherited thin and fragile gums that recede easily, there is no treatment yet available.
Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums
Gum disease can cause bleeding and swollen gums. Getting proper treatment should put an end to the bleeding and resolve the swelling. Treatment for gum disease begins with a thorough cleaning of the teeth, along with scaling and planing of the roots. Plaque and tartar accumulations are removed with special instruments designed for this purpose. After the roots are cleaned and smoothed, the gums can reattach. You may be advised to use special toothpaste and mouthwash to help with the healing process.
Some individuals experience more frequent buildup of tartar and plaque, which can lead to more frequent flares of gum disease. You may require more frequent visits to the dentist to keep your gums and teeth clean and healthy.
Find relief for your bleeding or swollen gums when you contact Rivers + West Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by visiting your dentist regularly.