When the gum tissue around the teeth becomes irritated or infected, it may recede away from the teeth. This can create large pockets around the roots of the teeth that can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. If you have receding or swollen gums, it can be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. At Majestic Smile Studio, we provide receding gum treatment at our dental center in Yorba Linda, CA.
The mouth always has bacteria, good and bad, that feed on food left on the teeth. The by-product of the bacteria is plaque, the film that covers the teeth. If plaque is not removed with brushing regularly, it can harden into tartar that cannot be removed without professional dental tools. Tartar can house more bacteria and irritate the gums, causing them to swell and recede away from the teeth. This infection of the gums can also cause other symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
Infection of the gums can progress into periodontitis, which can result in bone and tooth loss. The infection can also increase the risk of other health conditions. Treatment when you begin having symptoms of receding, swollen or bleeding gums can help prevent further progression of the disease.
Relief for Swollen or Bleeding Gums
Treatment for infected gums includes removing tartar with thorough dental cleaning. Our hygienist and dentist work together to create a plan to stop the infection. In the early stages of gingivitis, the infection and damage to the gums can be reversed with treatment and ongoing oral hygiene. Deep dental cleanings on a more frequent basis combined with improved daily oral hygiene can provide relief for receding, bleeding and swollen gums. For extremely infected gums, special mouthwash or other medications may be prescribed.
If you have noticed that your gums are pulling away from your teeth or your gums bleed when you brush, come see us at Majestic Smile Studio. Contact our dental center in the Anaheim and Yorba Linda, CA, area to schedule a checkup and cleaning to protect your oral health.