Gingival Problems

Gingiva serves as a barrier in protecting teeth and their supporting structures. Bacteria present in the plaque is the leading cause of gingival problems. The common gingival problems are gingivitis, periodontitis, gum recession, gum abscess, and oral cancer. The risk factors are smoking, diabetes, genetics, and nutrition deficiency. The symptoms are redness, swelling, bleeding on brushing, and receding gums. It can be treated by scaling, root planing, medications, surgery, and bone grafts.

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After recovering from COVID-19 my gums seemed squishy. What could be done until I consult the dentist?

Query: Hello doctor, I do not have bleeding gums. My gums seem squishy, but I can not tell if it is my gums or tongue? I brush & floss regularly. I read to use peroxide, warm water, salt, or baking soda but not sure how to use it. The squishiness is driving me crazy. What can I do in the interim until ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I will help you solve the issue. The gums may become weak and soft in case of gingivitis; though brushing and flossing are regularly done, the calculus deposits are seen and develop into gingivitis. I advise you to do scaling; scaling should be done once a year. I nee...  Read Full »

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