You may feel like you know what could be going on (and what to do) if your teeth don’t feel very good. However, when you realize that it’s not your teeth but your gum tissue that feels uncomfortable, this may feel like completely new territory to you! Is something wrong with your gum health, you wonder? Is it just a momentary, passing sort of irritation? To help you feel better about how to react and what may be affecting your oral health, our Southlake, TX team fills your mind up with important answers! The most important of all? When you’re unsure, come see us for a checkup!
It Might Be Gum Disease
Of course, there could be the very obvious answer to what’s causing your gums to feel bad. It may be an actual problem with your gum health! We remind you that gum disease is sometimes quite obvious and other times flies under the radar. The best way to keep up with your oral health completely, including gingival tissue, is to see our team twice every year (every six months) for checkups and for cleanings. That way, we can let you know if anything is changing. Or, if in the time between checkups you notice discomfort, red gums, purple gums, bleeding, or other changes, just let us know!
You May Be Overdoing Your Dental Hygiene
In an effort to prevent things like cavities and gingivitis, you may accidentally end up going too far with the pressure and force you put into brushing and flossing. If you weren’t already aware of this fact, then let this be our reminder to you that keeping your dental health and gum health in wonderful condition with your efforts in dental hygiene means taking your time and using very gentle pressure. Otherwise, you could actually cause gums to become irritated and to recede!
Sometimes, It’s Just A Canker Sore
Ask yourself: Do you feel like the entirety of your gum tissue is uncomfortable? Or, is it just one spot? Take a quick look in the mirror if it’s an isolated area and you might find that the culprit is a sore (remember: canker sores are often extremely uncomfortable). Unsure? We can help you get to the bottom of your discomfort, what type of sore you’re seeing, and what to do about your gum health when you come in!
Check In On Your Gum Health With A Checkup
Let us help you sort out what’s going on with your gum health and the sensations you’re experiencing by coming in for a dental visit with us. Come in for a checkup and head home with answers for your smile! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.