Red, puffy gums are a sign of inflammation, and this symptom can indicate the beginning phases of gum disease, which can have serious long-term consequences for your oral health. Even patients who feel that they are conscientious about oral hygiene habits may be at risk for developing gum disease.
Daily brushing and flossing are certainly a good start, but these habits in themselves may not be sufficient to prevent periodontal disease. You may still have some gaps in your oral hygiene regimen that allow plaque and tartar to collect along the gumline, where the oral bacteria they contain can eventually lead to gum disease.
For example, are you only brushing one time a day? Most dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day, and some patients may even do better with three sessions of brushing daily. Be sure that you’re brushing for at least two minutes each time, as well, to remove as much plaque as possible.
Incorrect brushing or flossing technique may also contribute to gum disease. The patient should be sure to brush along the gumline, with the brush held at a 45 degree angle.
Certain lifestyle habits can also increase your risk for gum disease, even if you’re a diligent brusher and flosser. Smoking increases inflammation and may make patients more susceptible to this condition. Genetic factors can also influence a person’s risk for developing gum disease.
If you’ve noticed that your gums are inflamed, you may want to consult with a periodontist to learn about your treatment options. It’s important to address gum disease early, before it has a chance to progress and cause more damage.
Once you’ve had an initial episode of gum disease, you may face a greater risk of developing this condition again. So, if insufficient oral care contributed to your first experience with periodontal disease, you should work with your periodontist to develop a plan to prevent a relapse.
Even with daily brushing and flossing, patients can still develop gum disease if their oral hygiene routines are incomplete or if other risk factors are present. Contact our skilled team today for more information about treatment for gum disease and to learn what steps you can take to prevent it.