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Have you ever heard that red, swollen, or bleeding gums should be a normal part of your dental hygiene routine? In reality, these issues aren’t normal and should be addressed quickly. Still, do you know what you might be able to do to avoid or treat these problems?

You see, swollen gums may actually be an indicator of gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis is fairly easy to treat if it’s caught early enough—but did you know that gingivitis can be much more serious if it isn’t addressed quickly? Usually, you can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing, but other issues like genetics, medical conditions and medications could also lead to gum disease.

Gingivitis can also be caused by plaque buildup. Sadly, if you don’t remove plaque from your pearly whites, it will eventually harden into tartar. Fortunately, you can remove plaque with at-home treatments, but you’ll need professional help to remove tartar. Tartar can help bacteria grow beneath your gums, which will lead to gum disease.

If your gum disease is severe enough, you could eventually lose your teeth. If you see blood on your gums or on your brush, please don’t hesitate to give Steele Dentistry a call at 303-278-3353. We’ll be happy to examine your teeth and to give you specific advice on avoiding gum disease in Denver, Colorado. Our dentist, Dr. Kate Steele, and our team are eager to receive your call.