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Do you have red and swollen gums after your brush and floss? What can bleeding and inflammation mean for the health of your gums? Do you know what you could do to help your red or swollen gums? Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to keep your teeth strong.

Did you know that swollen and red gums are actually a sign of gingivitis, which is also known as the first stage of gum disease? If gum disease is left untreated, gingivitis can become much worse. People generally develop gum disease because of poor dental hygiene, but there are other people who brush and floss well and still have gum disease. Genetics can cause gum disease, as can different medical conditions and certain medications.

Gingivitis is most commonly caused by plaque buildup or by plaque that has hardened into tartar. Fortunately, you can usually clean plaque with your toothbrush, but you won’t be able to get rid of tartar with your toothbrush. Unfortunately, only a dental professional should try to remove tartar from your teeth and gums. If you try to get rid of tartar yourself, you can actually damage your teeth. If bacteria from tartar gets below your gums, your gums could separate from your teeth and expose your teeth’s roots. This might ultimately lead to tooth loss.

If gum disease gets into the later stages, you may need surgery to save your gums and teeth. If you do notice that your gums are swollen, red, and bleeding, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney, as soon as possible. If you have any questions on swollen and bleeding gums in Virginia Beach, Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact Sweeney Utterback Dentistry at 757.222.3737. We look forward to hearing from you.