Swollen gums is an inflammation in your mouth that indicates infection of the gum tissue. The first signs of swollen gums can be seen on the gum tissues between the teeth. Gingivitis is a common gum exasperation that is caused by less or inefficient oral hygiene. It is an early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is distinguished by gum swelling, redness or bleeding during brushing or flossing of the teeth. This inflammation is your body’s way of fighting harmful bacteria in the dental plaque that builds up on your teeth when they aren’t cleaned correctly. If gingivitis is the cause of your gum swelling, try taking a little extra time to make sure your brushing and flossing is done properly. You may find that this will reduce the swelling in just a week or two, and the bleeding will stop. If you are unsure if your gums are still swollen or of how to brush or how to floss effectively, your dentist will surely tell the do’s and don’ts.
Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease is usually caused by a buildup of plaque which is an invisible sticky layer of bacteria that forms naturally on the teeth and gums. Plaque has bacteria that produces toxins that irritate and cause damage to gums. Treatment for gum disease normally can be done with good oral hygiene like brushing the teeth properly at least twice a day and flossing once a day. A dentist may recommend a visit to a dental hygienist for a more thorough clean to remove any hardened plaque called tartar. Visit the dentist for gum care as often as they recommend in order to help prevent plaque build-up in the future, ask the dentist for oral hygiene tips and recommendations for types of toothbrushes, floss, interdental brushes and mouthwashes.
Bad breath can be a sign of gum disease and can be caused by a variety of factors, such as eating food that has a strong odor. Tooth decay, indigestion, smoking, or metabolic diseases like diabetes, are also leading causes of bad breath. Bacteria on the human tongue which is scattered from other parts of the mouth is also a component of bad breath. The main source, however, is often odor-causing bacteria that can lead to undiagnosed gum disease. Unhealthy gums provide a medium for these bacteria to reproduce and multiply. If you notice a persistent bad taste in your mouth, or that people move away from you when you talk with them, a likely culprit is gingivitis, which if not treated can advance to periodontal gum disease.
If you notice something different in your mouth make sure you just don’t take it for granted because it might be the start of something serious that can cause health problems. Immediately visit your dentist and be informed on what is going on inside your mouth. An army of bad bacteria might rage a war inside and destroy your beautiful castle (which is your mouth) and bring down the walls (which is your teeth). You can’t smile much if gum disease attacks.