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What would you do if you cleaned your teeth and then noticed that your gums are inflamed and red? What do these problems mean for the health of your gums? Are they serious issues? What can you do to help your red or swollen gums? Fortunately, there are a few solutions you can try, to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.

Inflamed and red gums are actually signs of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can become much more serious. Most of the time people have developed gum disease because of poor dental hygiene or inconsistent dental hygiene. However, there are those who brush and floss well and still get gum disease. This can be due to your family genes, certain medical conditions, or medications.

You could also have gingivitis because of plaque buildup, which will harden into tartar with time. Fortunately, you can get rid of most of your plaque with your toothbrush. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to remove tartar with your brush. In reality, only a dental professional should try to remove tartar from either your teeth or gums. If bacteria from tartar gets underneath your gum line, your gums will begin to separate from your teeth. This may ultimately lead to needing a tooth extraction.

If your gum disease gets serious, you may have to get surgery to save your gums and your teeth. If you notice that your gums are swollen, or that your gums are red and bleeding, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith, as soon as possible. If you are interested in learning more about swollen and bleeding gums in Boise, Idaho, please feel free to contact Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD at 208-343-4986. We look forward to receiving your call.