Receding Gum Treatment
Your gums are a vital component of your oral health. They support and nourish the teeth. Healthy gums should cover the roots of the teeth and be nestled next to the bottom of the teeth. When gums recede away from the teeth, swell or bleed, it can be signs of gingivitis or gum disease. To improve your gum and oral health, our dental team at The Smile Lounge offers receding gum treatment at our clinic in Grand Prairie.
Gums often recede due to bacteria, plaque and tartar on the teeth. When you eat food, bacteria feed on the food debris left on and between your teeth. This can cause plaque to form, the sticky substance that covers the teeth. Over time, plaque can harden, becoming tartar, which can irritate the gums. Gum tissue may become swollen and red from inflammation and eventually can recede away from the teeth, leaving gaps between the gum tissue and teeth. This can cause a cycle of poor oral health, as bacteria flourish in these gaps, increasing the chance of periodontitis or advanced gum disease.
Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums
Brushing after meals and flossing daily can help prevent gingivitis and receding gums, but it is not always effective alone. If you have receding, swollen or bleeding gums, these are signs of gingivitis or gum disease. Routine dental cleanings at least twice a year, along with daily brushing/flossing, can help control bacteria and tartar. For those with gingivitis or periodontal disease, deep cleanings or other treatments may be needed to restore gum health. If you are experiencing receding gums or notice bleeding or tenderness when you brush your teeth, it is time for a dental exam and cleaning. Our dental hygienist and Dr. Daniels can determine if you have infected gums that require treatment. Contact us at The Smile Lounge to book your next checkup at our practice in Grand Prairie.