Most people realize that their gums are an important part of their mouth and its health, but do you know what to look for when it comes to signs that something is wrong with your gums?  Do you know what problems may warrant a trip to the dentist?  If not, you are not alone.  Too often people think that the symptoms associated with the beginning stages of things like gingivitis or periodontitis will go away on their own with proper care, but it is best to set an appointment to be sure that your teeth continue to be healthy.

Gums and Brushing

Brushing your gums is an important step to keeping them healthy, just as it is important to keep your teeth and tongue clean.  When you brush, do so in a circular motion and be sure to include your gums as the brushing of gums cleans them and provides them with much needed stimulation.  Also, be sure to floss well, but carefully, under the gum line so that plaque and bacteria cannot hide there and cause trouble.

Warning Signs of Gum Problems

Luckily, there can be warning signs of gum problems depending on the stage which the problem is in.  If you have any of these problems, contact Dr. Christopher Lienau of Phoenix, Arizona for a complete check-up.  He and his friendly staff will be happy to help you to get back on track with a healthier smile.

  • Swollen or red gums with or without pain
  • Bad breath that always comes back and you can’t get rid of
  • Tender or painful gums
  • Pain while chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that bleed
  • Receding gum line, or your teeth start to look taller
  • Sensitive teeth

These are all signs that something is wrong inside of your mouth.  While it may not mean something is wrong with your gums after a complete check-up with all of these symptoms, any other problems with similar symptoms will be found.  Having a dry mouth too often is also bad for you gums because it is bad for your entire mouth.  For severe cases of dry mouth, Dr. Leila Hakimzadeh Ghafouri may prescribe a specific mouthwash to help.