Swollen or bleeding gums may sound common, but they are a dental issue that should be taken very seriously, as they could be signs of far more difficult oral health conditions.
If your gums are swollen or bleeding, please schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. A dentist’s in-person opinion is the best way to determine the severity of your swollen or bleeding gums. Aside from scheduling an appointment with your dentist, these are some of the symptoms that may point to severe risk for other dental issues:
If your gums are red, dark pink, purple, or even blue, or if they have changed color from the natural hue, then this is a sign that something could be seriously wrong.
When your gums are healthy, their texture is firm, smooth, and they lie flat next to your teeth. It will be easy to tell if your gums are swollen, as they will be visibly inflamed and can appear “rolled” next to your teeth. “Puffy” gums are a bad sign- come see us. They should not hurt to touch and should not bleed when you touch or floss.
This symptom — unlike the previous two — is incredibly common and is not necessarily a sign of a seriously bad dental condition. The key is to determine the severity of the bleeding from flossing. While everyone experiences some bleeding from flossing, if your gums are bleeding every time, you brush your teeth or floss, or they bleed excessively, then this could be a sign of a serious issue.
Contact your dentist immediately for an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms.
The key with swollen or bleeding gums is determining the severity. That being said, these are some of the most common causes:
Luckily, swollen or bleeding gums are generally easy to prevent if you do the following two things:
(1) Attend regular dental checkups with your preferred dentist. This will ensure that everything is going well with your oral health, and it can help give you peace of mind knowing that your dental hygiene routine is doing its job.
(2) Have a good dental hygiene routine. As mentioned before, we recommend you confer with your dentist to develop a proper dental hygiene plan that will ensure your gums are happy and healthy.
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