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Do your gums seem especially tender or swollen lately? Do they bleed when you brush your teeth? Sore gums can be a painful warning sign for major problems, like gum disease. Thankfully, many options exist for preventing painful, irritated gums. Your Waco dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke, explains the most common causes of swollen gums and provides tips for easing the pain.

 

Probable Causes

 

Poor oral hygiene usually results in tender gums. Not brushing and flossing regularly can allow particles of food to remain stuck between teeth. Over time, bacteria causes plaque buildup. This buildup can lead to tooth decay and eventually gum disease, and a major symptom is painful, bleeding gums. Brushing and flossing your teeth correctly is very important. When brushing, use soft bristles, and always brush in gentle, circular motions. Brushing with a rough, back-and-forth motion can irritate and damage the gums. While flossing, always gently follow the curve of your teeth, sliding up and down. With this method, you can get the particles the brush can’t reach, without hurting your gums. Tobacco use, such as smoking, is also harmful to your gums.

 

What You Can Do

 

Simple, preventive care is the best course of action. As we said before, most of the time poor dental hygiene causes swollen and sore gums. Brush and flossing correctly twice a day can prevent a buildup of bacteria that causes painful, bleeding gums. Avoid tobacco products, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy, balanced meals. Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks can keep gums happy and healthy.

 

We Can Help

 

Sore or tender gums? Then you should make an appointment with your Waco dentist, Dr. Locke. A routine examination can help Dr. Locke watch for the early signs of tooth decay or gum disease, and help you with a treatment plan to strengthen your gums. Dr. Locke provides a variety of general and preventive dentistry procedures to ensure a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth.

 

Schedule an Appointment with Your Waco Dentist

 

Do you have inflamed, painful gums? Dr. Locke can help! Schedule a consultation by calling our 76712 dental office at (254) 776-4888. We welcome patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.