What does it mean if you have sore gums?

Though most people focus on the health of their teeth when dental health is concerned, it’s also extremely important to pay attention to the health of your gums. Gums play a role not only in dental health, but in your overall health and well being. Sore gums can have many meanings, some of which may be indicative of serious issues. It is important not to ignore any gum pain that you may be experiencing. Dr Shomer and his hygiene staff will thoroughly examine your teeth including your gums and jaw bone. Some symptoms of sore gums can cause a viral infection or severe bone disease. Only a dentist or hygienist can tell you exactly what’s happening with your gums

Over 75 percent of American adults will have gum disease at some point in their lives. If proper dental hygiene is not practiced through regular brushing, flossing, and professional hygiene cleanings, gingivitis can easily occur. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria or even more exotic, aggressive bacteria. You will notice red gums which can bleed when you brush or floss. As long as it is caught early, this can be reversed and your gums will properly heal. However, when steps are not taken to reduce and eliminate gingivitis, the disease will progress into the bone causing periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a condition that is characterized not only by red and bleeding gums but infection of the bone that keep teeth in place. The bone can become severely weakened as the bone is infected. There are many treatments that can control this problem. Surgery is not the only way we can get you better. You can discuss periodontics with Dr Shomer if you are diagnosed with gum problems.

In order to prevent gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis, Maria and Debbie our very experienced hygienists will coach and teach you easy best care. A well balanced diet can include vitamins and calcium supplements. Absolutely avoid tobacco which is directly related to inflammation. It’s important to see a dentist when concerned about sore gums in order to treat it as soon as possible.

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