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What are common causes of red inflamed gums?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Gingivitis

Bacterial plaque is the most common cause of inflammed gums.

In brief: Gingivitis

Bacterial plaque is the most common cause of inflammed gums.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Bacteria

Use a soft toothbrush in circles over all the gums where they join the teeth. Water pik is great after brushing, Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) (rx by dentist) soak disables the bacteria to stimulate healing. You may need a dentist to do a deeper cleaning to get out the bacteria etc. That is under the gums where you cannot get to.

In brief: Bacteria

Use a soft toothbrush in circles over all the gums where they join the teeth. Water pik is great after brushing, Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) (rx by dentist) soak disables the bacteria to stimulate healing. You may need a dentist to do a deeper cleaning to get out the bacteria etc. That is under the gums where you cannot get to.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
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Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry

In brief: See your dentist

Inflammation of the gums, of which redness is just one aspect, is a warning sign that there is a problem. It is typical of disease states like mild gingivitis, chronic periodontitis, acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (anug), and others.
If you have red inflamed gums, you have a problem. Go see your dentist and get treated.

In brief: See your dentist

Inflammation of the gums, of which redness is just one aspect, is a warning sign that there is a problem. It is typical of disease states like mild gingivitis, chronic periodontitis, acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (anug), and others.
If you have red inflamed gums, you have a problem. Go see your dentist and get treated.
Dr. Brett Noorda
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