Hanford dentist wants all patients to know the signs of gum infection and what to do

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If you have gums that bleed while brushing or if you have noticed that your gums appear to be receding, you could have a gum infection. If not properly treated, it can lead to serious consequences including tooth loss. Dr. Nikunj Raiyani, of Hanford Family Dental Center, located in Hanford, CA, wants to see all patients have the healthiest gums and teeth possible. If you are worried you might have an infection of the gums, we encourage you to call for an appointment.

Signs of gum infections

  • Swollen gums.
  • Gums that bleed while brushing.
  • Tender gums.
  • Receding gums – soft tissues appear to be moving upwards, exposing more of your teeth and making them look longer.
  • Pus coming from your gums.
  • Chronic bad breath.
  • Loose teeth. If a gum infection is severe enough, your teeth will become loose in their sockets.
  • A noticeable change in the way your teeth fit together.

Treatment options for gum infection

  • Antibiotic therapy. Antibiotics are used to treat your infection. We will either prescribe an oral antibiotic to be taken by mouth, or we will use a powder or injection directly into your gums in order to topically kill the germs.
  • Root planing and scaling treatment. This is for advanced infections. We will clean under your gum line, clearing all plaque and tartar build-up. We smooth out root surfaces of your teeth as well, to prevent future build-up.
  • Surgical intervention. In the most advanced infections, we will move forward with a surgical option.

Preventing gum infections

  • Brush twice daily and flossing before bedtime.
  • Routine dental cleanings allow us to clear your teeth of build-up and ensure that you have no signs of gum disease.
If you feel you have a gum infection, don’t wait. Call us at (559) 530-8080. We can get started helping you have a healthy smile.

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