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3 Common Gum Issues in Adults

Posted on 10/15/2023 by OM
Young adult male touching his face in pain should visit Smile More Spokane Family Dentistry in Spokane, WAHealthy gums may vary from black, brown, and pink to light pink, depending on skin tone. They should also sit firmly around the teeth. Unfortunately, factors such as poor oral hygiene, smoking, certain medications, and poor nutrition can lead to gum issues. Sometimes, gum issues may indicate severe conditions, which can harm oral health. For this reason, it is essential to learn common gum issues and how to deal with them. Here they are:

Inflamed Gums

In some cases, gum inflammation may not be a big concern. It can clear on its own after a few days. Gum inflammation can occur due to hormonal changes, certain medications, or irritation from dental appliances. However, if the inflammation lasts long and is accompanied by bleeding, it may be a sign of gum disease. In most cases, gum disease results from poor oral hygiene. This may involve tobacco use, improper teeth cleaning, and poor diet. All these habits increase the chances of bacteria building up, which harms the gums. While you can treat gum disease with daily teeth cleaning, you may not remove plaque below the gum line. Fortunately, a dentist can help to remove build-up through scaling and root planing.

Gum Recession

Gum recession causes pain and severe tooth sensitivity. When the gums deteriorate, they expose the tooth roots, making them sensitive to temperatures and prone to decay. The teeth can also become loose and fall out, leaving gaps. The good thing is that having receding gums doesn't mean that you should wait until the issue harms your oral health. An oral surgeon can perform a gum graft to add volume to the gum line.

Gum Abscess

A gum abscess occurs when there is an infection in deep gum pockets. It presents itself as a bump that contains pus. You may also experience swelling and pain around the gums. If left untreated, it can affect the gum tissues and bones, causing tooth loosening. Treatments for this condition may involve draining the pus and deep cleaning the pockets. Contact us, and we will perform an oral examination to find an effective treatment for your gum issues.

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