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Did you know that red, swollen, or bleeding gums should not be a normal part of your dental hygiene routine? In fact, these issues aren’t normal and should be addressed as soon as possible. Still, did you know that there are ways to prevent and treat these problems?

You see, red and swollen gums may actually be a sign that you have gingivitis. Fortunately, this oral disease is fairly easy to cure if it’s caught early —but did you know that gingivitis can become a much more serious issue if it isn’t treated quickly. Usually, you can prevent gum disease with good oral hygiene, but other issues like genetics, medical conditions and medications could also cause gum disease.

Usually, gingivitis is the result of plaque buildup. Sadly, if you don’t remove plaque from your teeth’s enamel, it will eventually harden into tartar, which can damage your teeth. Fortunately, you can remove plaque from home, but you will need a dental professional to remove tartar safely. Tartar can help bacteria grow beneath your gumline, which will eventually lead to gum disease.

If your gum disease is severe enough and left untreated, you could eventually lose your teeth. If you see blood on your gums or on your brush don’t let this oral problem get too serious, please don’t hesitate to give Stein Dental Care a call at 615-540-0888. We’ll be happy to examine your teeth and to give you advice on your specific situation and help you in avoiding gum disease in Nashville, Tennessee. Our dentist, Dr. Alan Stein, and our team look forward to receiving your call.