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Receding Gums New York, NY

Receding Gum Treatment

Practicing good oral hygiene will help keep your gums healthy and prevent tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a host of dental problems, including both tooth decay and gum disease. Receding gums can be an indication of gum disease. If your gums are swollen, puffy and red or bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may have gum disease

Treatment for receding gums depends on the cause of the problem and the severity. Sometimes gums will begin to recede if the toothbrush used for cleaning is too stiff and too much pressure is applied. In this type of situation, changing to a softer bristle and using less pressure to brush the teeth may be all that is needed.

In other cases, gums may be receding due to infection. This is caused by gum disease. The teeth and gums will need to be thoroughly cleaned, and treatment for the infection will need to begin. Treatment may include placing antibiotics on the gums or taking oral medicine. If the infection has caused damage to the gums, surgery may be required to remove the damaged tissue. Your dentist will advise you on the best treatment for your particular situation.

Relief for Bleeding or Swollen Gums

Bleeding or swollen gums are often a result of gum disease. Treating the disease will stop the bleeding and reduce the swelling. When gum disease is the cause, treatment begins with a thorough cleaning of the teeth. Plaque and tartar buildup is removed from the teeth by scaling, and the roots are planed, creating a smooth surface for the gums to reattach. Special toothpaste or mouthwash may be prescribed to help healing.

Medications, health conditions and genetics can also be the cause of bleeding or swollen gums. You may be required to have your teeth cleaned more frequently in order to keep the problem from getting out of hand. A consultation with your dentist will help in determining the best way to address the problem in these instances.

If you are concerned about your gums or oral health in general, schedule an appointment with us at Village Dental NYC. We will perform a comprehensive oral examination, clean your teeth and check for problems. Contact us today to book your appointment.