Dr. Adam Martik, DMD

My gums feel swollen and tender. What’s going on?

Tender, swollen gums are a sure sign that something is wrong, and the most likely culprit is periodontal disease. This is a problem that is very common and affects millions of people.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is most often the result of improper oral hygiene. Dentists like Dr. Martik promote brushing and flossing twice a day for this very reason. If the plaque and food debris that rests on your teeth is not thoroughly removed, it will lead to gum disease.

Without prompt treatment, periodontal disease can continue to attack your gums and may even lead to deterioration of your jawbone and, ultimately, tooth loss. This is not just an oral health problem either. The inflammation in your mouth can get carried into your bloodstream and lead to complications like heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, and strokes.

It is vitally important that you maintain good oral hygiene practices and keep regular appointments for dental cleanings and exams. You may be doing the best possible job with your home care, but if you’re not having regular dental cleanings, you are still at high risk for developing gum disease.

Preventive services like cleanings are the easiest way to avoid developing gum disease in the first place. Please contact our Pittsburgh dental office to make your next appointment for a thorough professional cleaning with our skilled hygienist.

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