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Common Causes of Gum Problems

Gums are just as important as your teeth. As you pay attention to brushing and flossing your teeth daily to avoid cavities, take good care of your gums too. Swollen, sore or bleeding gums are usually an indication of gum disease. Gum problems can be caused by many things not just an infection. We’ll take a look at the common causes of gum problems.

 

Poor brushing techniques

 

Did you know that brushing your teeth the wrong way can contribute to gum problems? Some people assume that brushing their teeth vigorously is the only way to ensure they’re clean. Gums consists of delicate tissue that can be easily damaged when brushing. Whether you are using a manual or electric toothbrush make sure it has soft bristles with blunted ends. If the brush has hard bristles, it can not only cause damage to the enamel of your teeth but also contribute to bleeding and swollen gums.

 

Other than making sure the toothbrush you use has soft bristles, you also need to pay attention to the way you brush. Dentists recommend using circular motions to gently massage the teeth and gums rather than the back and forth motion that can cause irritation and soreness. In fact, the wrong brushing technique can cause gums to bleed or recede.

 

Wrong flossing technique

 

Your gums can also be affected if you don’t floss your teeth the right way. Flossing every day is important to keep plaque at bay and prevent decays and cavities. It removes food particles in between teeth that could contribute to bacteria buildup. However, make sure you floss your teeth gently to avoid causing the gums to swell or bleed. Slide the dental floss carefully in between your teeth and move it up and down depending on the curve of the tooth. Do not force the floss in between the teeth. Flossing the wrong way daily can cause serious harm to your gums.

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Gum disease

Many people who experience gum problems like bleeding and swelling could be suffering from gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. These diseases generally occur due to poor dental hygiene that causes bacteria to form in the mouth. The bacteria build up quickly in the mouth causing the gums to swell, bleed or become red. If the gum disease is gingivitis, it may be painless and it can be reversed is treated early. However, periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease that may be irreversible if untreated and can lead to tooth loss.

 

Symptoms of gum disease

If you experience any of the symptoms below, visit your dentist Barrie to determine if you are suffering from some form of gum disease.

 

  • Changes in how the teeth fit together
  • Presence of deep sockets in between the teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Bad breath or bad taste in mouth that doesn’t go away
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding, swollen or tender gums

 

Periodontitis is a serious condition that causes the bone that holds the teeth in place to be weakened due to bacteria leading to tooth loss.

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