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Gum Inflammation

close up dental cleaningAlso known as gingivitis, gum inflammation is a common oral health problem that can lead to significant discomfort and major dental problems if not addressed promptly. Here are some of the common symptoms of gum inflammation:

  • Bleeding Gums: As one of the first signs to appear, bleeding gums can occur during brushing or flossing.
  • Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth can indicate gum inflammation.
  • Pain and Discomfort: The gums may feel tender or painful, especially when they’re touched or during eating.
  • Swelling: The gums can become swollen and may appear red or purple.

These symptoms are usually a response to plaque buildup on the teeth. This sticky film is composed mainly of bacteria. When not removed, plaque can harden into tartar, worsening gum inflammation and leading to more severe dental issues.

Potential Complications and Health Risks

Untreated gum inflammation can lead to various complications, not just within the mouth but also affecting overall health: facial swelling, sepsis, bone loss, chronic bad breath and bleeding gums, and increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Preventative Measures

It’s been said that prevention is better than cure. We agree, particularly when it comes to preserving your gum and overall oral health. Here are some tips for keeping your gums healthy:

  • Brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. This helps remove plaque that can cause inflammation.
  • Flossing: Daily flossing removes food particles and plaque between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Regular Dental Visits: While scrupulous home care dental routines are critical, so are professional cleanings and check-ups. These are crucial for maintaining oral health and preventing gum inflammation.

Book an Appointment

At Champion Family Dental, we want to help you have healthy gums and optimal oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Your dentist is a qualified practitioner who will discuss risks and benefits with you, to help you make an informed decision about your dental treatment.


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