Why are my gums inflamed even though I brush and floss daily? - Dr. Colin Richman

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Why are my gums inflamed even though I brush and floss daily?

July 15, 2014

Sometimes patients who feel that they are diligent about their home oral hygiene routines still notice signs of periodontal disease, like red, bleeding or swollen gums. There may even be evidence of more advanced periodontitis, such as pockets between the gums and the teeth.

These patients may need to seek non-surgical gum treatment for periodontal disease, despite their best efforts to keep their mouths clean.

The first possible problem may be your technique. Even if you’re brushing and flossing every day, if you’re not doing it correctly, you won’t be managing the plaque and tartar adequately. Consequently, there will still be plenty of oral bacteria in your mouth.

Additionally, patients who brush and floss every day should still be sure to see a dentist at least every six months for professional exams and cleanings as an additional measure against gum disease.

Genetics is also a factor that can increase the likelihood that a patient will need to see a periodontist. Certain genes can make a patient more susceptible to gum disease, despite a good oral hygiene routine.

Patients who are concerned about symptoms of gum inflammation should consult with a periodontist to learn more about non-surgical gum treatment. It’s important to get treatment quickly so that the gum disease does not advance.

In many cases, gum disease can be addressed by a simple procedure like root scaling and planing, which is essentially a deep cleaning to remove bacteria from the space between the gum and the tooth. The tooth is then smoothed to remove rough spots where bacteria could otherwise collect.

Another non-invasive gum treatment is LANAP, in which lasers are used to remove diseased gum tissue and then generate the new tissue to re-attach the gum to the tooth.

If you have noticed inflamed gums despite a rigorous oral hygiene regimen, check in with your dentist to make sure you are brushing and flossing efficiently. Then, consult with our skilled team of periodontists to learn about your treatment options and develop a plan to reduce your risk of a relapse.

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