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Why do gums swell and bleed? All about gum disease

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It is very important to look after the health of your gums, as they are one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults.

Many adults around the world suffer from gum disease, which can range from simple inflammation and occasional bleeding to tooth loss. In this article we will tell you about gum disease, its causes, solutions and most importantly, how to avoid it.


Why do gums swell and bleed?


Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth, resulting in swelling and redness of the gums. This disease is known as gingivitis, and is generally a consequence of poor dental hygiene and the accumulation of tartar.


This condition is reversible and without consequences in early stages, so it is necessary to visit your dentist to have your teeth checked every six months.


What happens if I don't treat my gingivitis?


If gingivitis is not treated, it could evolve into a more complex and harmful disease, such as periodontitis, which means that your gums become separated from your teeth, forming small pockets that become infected. Without gum protection your teeth are at risk of being displaced and therefore becoming detached from the bones that support them, which inevitably leads to tooth loss. You can see why it is so important to treat gingivitis and periodontitis!


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Tips for a good gum health


  • - Brush your teeth 3 times a day
  • - Reduce or eliminate tobacco use
  • - Visit your dentist twice a year
  • - Floss at least once a day (the toothbrush does not deeply clean the area between the teeth)
  • - Avoid brushes with hard bristles, use instead soft ones
  • - Have a tooth cleaning every six months by your dentist


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Signs of a poor gum health


  • - Gums that bleed easily
  • - Red and swollen gums
  • - Permanent bad breath
  • - Gums that are separating from the tooth
  • - Loose or floppy teeth


with a correct and constant dental hygiene you will keep your gums and teeth healthy. A large part of avoiding gingivitis or a periodontal disease is up to you and your good hygiene habits!


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