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Swollen or Bleeding Gums

Swollen or bleeding gums are a very serious issue, as they could be signs of real oral health complications. Aside from being uncomfortable, swollen or bleeding gums can also be a sign of periodontal disease, which can have a huge impact on your overall health. 

How do I know if my swollen or bleeding gums are signs of a serious issue?

If you are experiencing swollen or bleeding gums, we highly recommend you schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. This is the best way to determine how serious of an oral health issue you may be experiencing. Other than scheduling an appointment with your dentist, the following symptoms are important to note:

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Your gums change color

Healthy gums have a distinct color: typically, light pink or coral. If your gums are red, purple, dark pink, or blue, then something serious could be wrong. Contact your dentist immediately if you notice a change in gum color.

Your gums change texture
Healthy gums are usually firm, smooth, and lie flat next to your teeth. Swollen gums are visibly inflamed and can even appear to have a “rolled” look next to your teeth.
Bleeding gums during flossing
This symptom is more common, as bleeding gums during flossing could be a result of how you floss. However, it is important to pay attention to the severity and regularity of bleeding during flossing or brushing. If your gums are bleeding every time you perform your dental routine, or they are bleeding at a noticeably excessive rate, schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.

What is causing my swollen or bleeding gums?

With swollen or bleeding gums, there are many causes. The difficulty is determining the severity of the cause. Here are the common causes:

How do I prevent swollen or bleeding gums?

The easiest way to keep your gums happy and healthy is to have proper dental hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing at least twice-a-day. Other recommendations we have include upgrading your dental equipment to an electronic toothbrush and eliminating any meds that may cause swollen or bleeding gums (when possible).

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