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Jul
9

Reasons Why Your Gums are Tender or Bleed

Posted in Gum Disease

Sore, bleeding, tender gum tissue can be caused by several different factors. Some of these conditions are reversible on your own, while others require professional treatment.

Here are some of the most common reasons why gums are sore or bleed:

Gingivitis

Mild to moderate gingivitis will cause tender, bleeding gums when you brush or floss. This is caused by plaque along or just under the gumlines. Regular brushing and dedicated flossing on a daily basis can reverse gingivitis within 2 weeks. If symptoms persist, see your dentist. 

Gum Disease

If gingivitis has progressed into a severe condition, gum disease will develop. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease,  means that bone structure is lost, and gum tissue detaches from the tooth. This creates deep pockets under the gums that can allow food and tartar to deposit, creating chronic inflammation. Soreness, bleeding, and gum recession are typical symptoms. 

Abscesses

Infection inside of a tooth will spread through the root and into the gum tissue around it. This can cause intermittent pain, swelling, and tenderness. A visible draining fistula may also be present. Your dentist will need to treat the tooth in order to reverse and prevent the infection from recurring. 

Erupting Teeth

Wisdom teeth or other teeth that are erupting can cause inflammation and tenderness along the gum tissue. This tenderness typically comes and goes until the tooth has fully erupted. Warm salt water rinses can help alleviate minor swelling and gum irritation.  

If gum tissue is healthy, it will not bleed. Bleeding and tenderness is a sign that something is going on and needs attention or professional care.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group

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Dec
4

Vitamins and Dietary Supplements that Benefit Your Dental Health

Posted in Gum Disease

If you’re looking toward other ways beside brushing and flossing to help improve your oral health, there are some common dietary supplements and vitamins that can help protect your smile. Maybe you already have some of these sitting in your pantry. Working them into your diet on a daily basis can make an impact within one or two weeks.

Vitamin C

Taking vitamin C improves your immune system, helps promote healing, and fights bacterial infections. By eating fresh fruits and vegetables, you can increase your absorption of vitamin C. Taking this vitamin on a regular basis can improve healing conditions like periodontal disease, perhaps just as effectively as brushing and flossing!

Ginko Biloba and Vitamin E

These supplements reduce inflammation associated with gingivitis. When used in combination with home hygiene, ginko biloba and vitamin E can help reverse mild to moderate gingivitis.

Sunflower and Olive Oil

Both of these oils contain Vitamin A, an essential vitamin that increases your immune response and aids in healing, even when it comes to gingivitis or periodontal disease.

CoQ10

Adding CoQ10 supplements to your daily intake is shown to tremendously reduce healing time when it comes to infections in the body, including periodontitis (gum disease). Adding this supplement in conjunction with periodontal therapy can tremendously effect your treatment outcomes.

DHA

Lastly, DHA is an Omega-3 fatty acid that benefits immunity, inflammation and healing. It can be found in fish or dietary supplements derived from fish oils.

A common factor in these supplements is that they reduce inflammation, increase immunity, and support healing. Because gingivitis and gum disease are oral infections, all of these supplements can help promote a quicker response to proper brushing, flossing, and professional care.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group

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