What Causes Gum Inflammation?

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Everyone has plaque. It is a sticky biofilm full of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. These bacteria release toxins that irritate your gums, causing them to become swollen and inflamed. This inflammation is not always painful, but it can be. Gum inflammation associated with oral bacteria is called gingivitis – the earliest stage of gum disease. Left untreated, it can lead to more advanced stages and severe dental damage.

Inflamed gums tend to bleed easily, especially when you brush or floss your teeth. Although the most common cause of gum inflammation is gum disease, other factors can also cause it, including canker sores, irritation from braces, and ill-fitting dentures. Our periodontists can help you identify the cause of your inflamed gums and develop a treatment plan to address it.

A professional cleaning along with improved dental hygiene may be enough to manage and eliminate mild gum inflammation. For those with more severe inflammation, a deep cleaning and antimicrobial treatments can be necessary to control the infection and stop the progression of the disease. Call our expert in gum inflammation treatment in Los Angeles today to learn more about gum disease or to schedule your appointment.