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Common Causes

of Gum Problems

Gums are as vital as the teeth. You need to take great care of them as you brush and floss your teeth. If you have swollen, sore or bleeding gums, you most like have a gum disease. There are numerous causes of gum problems. Here are some of the main causes you need to keep an eye on.

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Poor brushing technique

Did you know how you brush your teeth will either protect your gums or expose them to infections? Brushing the teeth vigorously is not the best way to clean your teeth. Gums have delicate tissues that can be damaged easily when brushing. Whether you prefer the electric or manual toothbrush, you must ensure that the brush has soft bristles and blunted ends. Hard bristles will not only damage the enamel but also bruise your gums.

In addition to using the right toothbrush, you need to brush your teeth the right way. Nobleton Dentists approve the use of a circular motion to massage the gums and teeth when bruising instead of the back and forth motion which leads to soreness and irritation. The wrong brushing technique will cause the gums to not only bleed and swell but also to recede.

Wrong technique in flossing& Gum Disease

Flossing on a daily basis is recommended to remove plaque and prevent cavities and decays. Flossing will remove food particles between the teeth thus preventing bacterial buildup. However, flossing the wrong way will lead to gum problems. When you floss, do so gently to avoid hurting your gums. The dental floss should be slid carefully through the teeth and moved up and down based on the curve of the target tooth.

This is the main cause when suffering from bleeding gums and swelling. The main diseases include periodontitis and gingivitis. These diseases are caused by poor dental hygiene which leads to bacterial build up. The bacteria will cause the gums to turn red, swell or bleed. Periodontitis is more severe than gingivitis. Periodontitis might be irreversible and can lead to the loss of teeth.

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Symptomsof Gum Disease

If you suspect a gum disease, it is good to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some of the major symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Tender, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Change in the way your teeth fit together
  • Shifting or loose teeth
  • Existence of deep sockets between teeth and the gums
  • Bad taste or bad breath that doesn’t clear
  • Receding gums

Unlike gingivitis which can be treated in a painless way and the condition reversed completely, periodontitis is more serious. As aforementioned, periodontitis may be irreversible. This is a serious condition that weakens the bone that holds your teeth in place. This is triggered by bacteria. Eventually, you will lose a tooth or several teeth.

To prevent irreversible dental problems, it is paramount that you take good care of your teeth and gum and always seek medical help whenever you notice gum or teeth problems. Waiting too long can lead to irreversible problems

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