When starches and sugars in food come into contact with normal bacteria in your mouth, they can turn into plaque. If plaque is left untreated, it can harden under the gumline and turn into tartar. This can cause gingivitis (gum inflammation) near the base of your teeth.
Gingivitis can usually be reversed with professional dental treatment and good hygiene (brushing and flossing) at home. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to pockets between your gums and teeth. This can become a serious deeper infection, periodontitis, that reaches the bone. You could have loose teeth, and possibly tooth loss. In a worst case scenario, this infection can enter the bloodstream and cause problems in other parts of the body.
Some of the symptoms of gum infections can include: swelling and bleeding gums, bad breath that does not go away, receding gums, puss secreting from gums, loose teeth and a change in your bite.
There are several treatment options depending on the severity of the gum infection:
If you are experiencing pain due to a gum infection, please do not ignore it. Gum infections can go from bad to worse very quickly. You need to be treated as soon as possible to save your teeth and gums. Contact Dr. Molayem to make an appointment today.
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