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What to do when you have bleeding or inflamed gums?

If your gums bleed, you can be sure of one thing: inflamed gums. The early stages of inflammation aren't cause for panic, but it is a good idea to do something about it quickly. Below, you can read everything you need to know about inflamed gums and what you can do to make your gums healthy again.

What causes inflamed gums?

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Gums have various functions. It covers the jawbone, keeps teeth and molars in their place, and prevents infections. Oral infections are always caused by bad oral hygiene. In that case, excess plaque remains in your mouth. Plaque is the cause of inflammations and bleeding, because apart from proteins, it's riddled with bacteria. If you don't remove plaque in time, it can cause inflammation in your gums: also known as gingivitis.

How do I recognize inflamed gums?

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Untreated gingivitis can cause advanced gum inflammation. We call this periodontal disease, and it can have severe consequences for your health. That's why it's very important to recognize the symptoms of inflamed gums in time.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Dark red color
  • Bad taste or bad breath
  • Sensitive or painful gums

What do I do against inflamed gums?

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The tips below will help you get rid of inflamed gums quickly:

  • Remove all plaque from the surface of your teeth by using an electric toothbrush to brush daily
  • Clean the space between your teeth every day, using a toothpick or a more comfortable tool: a flosser
  • Visit your dentist and oral hygienist every six months
  • Stop smoking

Want to know more? Ask your dentist.

If you suffer from bleeding or inflamed gums and want more information, consult your dentist. Your dentist can answer all your questions and advise you on possible treatment.

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