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What Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You?

Gum Disease Romeoville

Have you noticed any differences in the color or appearance of your gums lately? If so, your gums may be trying to tell you something about your oral health! Here are a few potential symptoms you might be experiencing and what they could be telling you about your body.

When your gum line is receding…

If your gums are pulling back from your teeth, it is possible that you may be brushing too vigorously. Not only does this make your teeth look elongated, it also can make them feel hypersensitive. Remember: the plaque that lingers on your teeth is actually quite soft and easy to remove. Therefore, brushing lightly with a soft-bristled toothbrush will do the trick!

When your gums bleed…

Many patients make the mistake of thinking your gums bleed as a result of flossing too hard. This is not the case! If your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss, it is likely caused by gingivitis—an infection of the gums and the earliest stage of gum disease. If you notice blood in the sink after flossing, be sure to visit your dentist straight away. This stage of gum disease is the easiest to treat, so the sooner you address the issue, the better.

When your gums are swollen…

There are actually quite a few possible reasons your gums may be swollen or painful. You could be over-brushing, or perhaps you’re experiencing side effects of gingivitis. In severe cases, your gums could be swollen as a result of an abscess—a painful infection that typically requires a root canal procedure to remedy it. However, your gums could even be swollen as a result of hormonal changes or medications you’re taking. Therefore, if you’re experiencing this symptom, your best bet would be to visit your dentist to determine the cause of the issue.

When your gums are red…

Dark red gums are typically a warning sign of an underlying virus or infection. Red gums with ulcer-like sores are typically caused by bacterial infections, while red gums with small white or yellow sores are symptomatic of a virus. If you also are experiencing a white film on your lips and tongue, this could be a fungal infection as well. Depending on the root cause of the issue, your dentist may direct you to your doctor to have tests taken.

When your gums are pale…

In some instances, pale gums can be a sign of anemia—a condition in which your body is not producing enough red blood cells. Therefore, your gums may be pale as a result of an iron or B12 deficiency. If your pale gums are also paired with fatigue and dizziness, be sure to contact your doctor about the issue. Sometimes this can be remedied by a simple change in diet, or you may need to take iron supplements until your red blood cell count is restored.

When your gums are pink and firm…

Congratulations! This means that your gums are in great health. Your gums should be pink and firm, and they should not bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. To maintain your healthy gums, be certain to keep up a solid dental hygiene routine and visit your dentist every six months for a routine check-up.

Do you need to have your gums checked by a skilled dental professional? Contact Carillon Family Dental in Romeoville today to set up your appointment!

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