If your gums are swollen or bleed when you brush your teeth, it could be a sign of gum (periodontal) disease. Many adults have trouble with their gums, even with regular tooth brushing and flossing. Getting an evaluation and timely treatment from your dental care provider can preserve your smile.

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

  • Reddish or purplish gums.
  • Tender gums
  • Loose teeth.
  • Pus (infection) around your gum line.
  • Pain when chewing.
  • Tooth loss.

Treatments for Gum Disease:

  • Non-surgical:Β Non-surgical options for the treatment of gum diseases include antibiotics and a non-surgical deep-cleaning procedure called tooth scaling and root planing that removes tartar and plaque from below the gum line.
  • Surgical:Β Surgical treatments for gum diseases include procedures to reduce pockets that have formed at the gum line, procedures to regenerate lost bone and tissue, procedures to remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth surface, and procedures to graft soft tissue onto the gums to cover exposed bone and prevent tooth loss.

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