What is Causing my Gums to Swell?
The compassionate, detail-attentive periodontal care we proudly offer at Something To Smile About is of the utmost importance. The gums are the root of a healthy mouth, and proper care can help you enjoy long-lasting oral health, daily comfort, and a brilliant smile. As the root of health, oral health is also implicated in overall well-being because a poor periodontal state has been linked with numerous systemic diseases, including respiratory problems, heart disease, diabetes, and neurovascular ailments.
Therefore, it's vital to know what to watch out for so you can seek timely treatment in Merrimack, NH. And if you experience gum swelling, inflammation, bleeding, or other adverse symptoms, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Boulard.
What's causing my gums to swell?
When the gums, or gingiva, begin to swell or become inflamed, this is generally a symptom of gum disease or gingivitis. And if you're experiencing such swelling, inflammation, or other unusual, painful, or uncomfortable gingival symptoms, reach out to us as soon as possible.
Gum disease can be a sneaky ailment that doesn't make itself immediately known. It's caused by an accumulation of plaque, a sticky, thin, transparent coating of bacteria that covers the teeth. In the early stages, it may not yield apparent signs, but the plaque progressively proliferates across the teeth's surfaces and spreads infection and decay.
The earlier you seek treatment, the better your outcome can be. One of the best strategies for dealing with gingivitis is to stop it in its tracks before it becomes the more severe version of gum disease: periodontitis or periodontal disease. During these latter stages of gum disease, plaque has become a hard, calcified coating called tartar.
In addition to being tougher to remove and requiring an in-office treatment, tartar can cause much damage. As the infection and decay spread, the gums recede, and the lower tooth surfaces are revealed, allowing the bacteria to attack their roots and cause loose teeth and, eventually, jawbone damage.
Periodontal care and gum health
Periodontal care has positive, far-reaching effects throughout the entire body, regardless of age or other factors. Removing plaque or tartar can prevent cavities and other complications, saving you time, money, and hassle later.
Even more potentially important are the disease-averting effects of proper oral care. The mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body, not just for food but for pathogens like bacteria. And accordingly, gum disease has been linked to numerous diseases and other adverse consequences throughout the body. These ailments, some potentially fatal, include heart disease, strokes, respiratory problems, diabetes, and other issues.
Get in control of gum disease and guard your future health
Good gum health and proper periodontal care can give you a stunning grin and daily dental comfort while reducing the incidence of various systemic diseases. And we'd love to help you achieve overall wellness at Something To Smile About.
That encompassing, long-lasting well-being starts with treating gum disease, and Dr. Kevin Boulard is thrilled to offer you and your loved ones a full spectrum of compassionate care. So, get in touch with us today to get the upper hand on gum disease in Merrimack, NH.