Oral Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore: Swollen Gums

September 28, 2011

Have you noticed that your gums look a little more red or puffy lately? Even if you believe you have healthy teeth and gums, swollen gums require a trip to the dentist.

This change in your gum tissue could be a warning sign of serious oral health problems, such as periodontal (gum) disease. At your dental appointment, Dr. Brad Greenfield and the Lake Orion Family Dentistry hygienist team will be able to tell right away if you have gum disease. Because early detection is key to effectively and conservatively treating this serious oral condition, it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on inside of your mouth and promptly take action if any changes occur.

The best way to keep an eye on your gums is by drying your gums with a napkin and closely examining them in the mirror. The surface of your gums close to the gum line should appear pebbled like a basketball, not smooth and shiny. If you’re gums appear ultra-smooth, red and irritated, or bleed during brushing and flossing, call our dental office, located in Lake Orion, Michigan, at (248) 693-6213 immediately to schedule an appointment.

Gum disease is one of the most serious dental conditions and, if left untreated, it can impact your overall health. Linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, pregnancy and birth complications, and several other severe health problems, it’s important to identify and treat gum disease in its earliest stages. Dr. Greenfield can help.

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