When we think about our smile, the first thought is of white, bright teeth. But what about our gums? The gums frame the smile, and if they are red, swollen, and painful, they can be extremely distracting. If you notice that your gums are painful and inflamed, it is important that you make an appointment with Dr. Eric Wiitala of Scottsdale, Arizona for a full evaluation. Sore gums may indicate the presence of periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” that can significantly impact the health and appearance of the soft tissues in the mouth. If periodontal disease goes undiagnosed and untreated, patients may notice a wide range of concerns that can develop, including the loss of tissue, bone, and teeth. With early detection and treatment, many patients can avoid the later stages of periodontitis during which the infection becomes rampant throughout the smile and can lead to irreversible damage.
Why are my gums sensitive?
While periodontal disease is often the primary reason why gum tissue is sensitive and swollen, it is not the only reason. Some patients, especially women, may notice change in their gums during their menstrual period, menopause, or pregnancy due to hormonal fluctuations. Patients who have dentures or braces might experience increased inflammation, while those who brush their teeth and gums too hard with their toothbrush can also develop inflamed gum tissues. By working with a dentist during a thorough evaluation, our team can find the source of the problem and make recommendations regarding treatment.
How do I manage swollen, painful gums?
In addition to any treatments recommended by Dr. Eric Wiitala, patients should also consider the following tips for management of inflamed gum tissues:
- Regularly rinse the mouth out with warm salt water.
- Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace if fraying occurs.
- Brush softly with a toothbrush along the gumline and on the teeth.
- Take pain medication if needed and as directed by a dentist, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Take charge of red, swollen gums with the help of Dr. Eric Wiitala
Scottsdale, AZ area patients are welcome to call (480) 657-6981 to book an appointment at the office, located at 9755 North 90th Street. With the assistance of our team, patients can bring their smile back to health after the development of periodontal disease.