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Have you ever heard that bleeding, red, swollen gums are normal and nothing to worry about? Sadly, this is a myth and these issues aren’t normal and should be addressed by a dental professional as soon as possible. Still, do you know what you could do to avoid or treat these issues?

Swollen gums are an indicator that something is wrong. In fact, these symptoms may actually be a sign of gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease, is fairly easy to treat if it’s caught early enough—but if it isn’t caught early, you could have to deal with serious dental issues. Usually, you can prevent gum disease with regular brushing and flossing, but other issues, such as genetics, medical conditions, and some medications, could also lead to gum disease.

One of the main causes of gingivitis is plaque buildup. Sadly, if you don’t remove this buildup, it will harden into tartar. Fortunately, you can remove and prevent this buildup with at-home remedies. However, you will need professional help if you’re interested in having tartar removed. You see, tartar will cause bacteria to grow beneath your gums, which can lead to gum disease.

If gum disease severe enough, you could lose a tooth prematurely. If you see blood on your gums or on your brush we recommend calling North Point Dental Group, LLC at 541-754-4017. We’ll be happy to examine your teeth and to give you specific advice on how to avoid gum disease in Corvallis, Oregon. Our dentist, Dr. Glenn D. Balkins, Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam, and our team are excited to receive your call.