The gums are designed to cover the roots of the teeth and provide nourishment and support. When the gum tissue recedes away from the teeth, it leaves pockets that can hide detrimental bacteria. Receding gums is a sign of gingivitis or gum disease, a serious oral health condition that can impact your teeth and overall health. If you have receding, bleeding or swollen gums, it is vital to pursue general dental treatment. Liberty Lake Smile Source offers effective bleeding or receding gum treatment at our dental center in Spokane Valley, WA.
What causes gum tissue to recede? In most cases, it is plaque and tartar on the teeth that irritates the gums, causing it to shrink away from the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque and tartar can cause a breakdown of the gum tissue, resulting in pockets and space around the roots of the teeth. The bacteria cause the gum tissue to become swollen and inflamed, making it bleed easier. The recession of gum tissue is an autoimmune response to protect the tissue, but it can lead to reduced tooth support and increased pockets around the teeth where bacteria can flourish.
Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums
If you have receding, bleeding or swollen gums, it likely did not occur overnight. Gingivitis or periodontal disease are progressive diseases that usually are caused by poor oral hygiene or improper brushing/flossing over many months and years. To get relief for receding, bleeding or swollen gums, thorough teeth cleaning is needed. Removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and maintaining clean teeth with daily brushing and flossing can restore gum health.
For those with gum disease, treatment may include deeper and more frequent dental cleanings. Some patients may need medications or more advanced periodontal treatment to slow or stop gum deterioration.
If you have noticed receding, swollen or bleeding gums, it is time to schedule a cleaning and checkup. Most people should have cleanings every six months or less to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Contact our office in Liberty Lake, WA, to book your checkups and cleaning at our dental center in Spokane Valley.