Gum Problems Directory
Gum problems range from swollen gums to oral cancer. Symptoms of gum disease (gingivitis) may include bleeding, swelling, and pain. These symptoms may also be the result of simply brushing your teeth too hard. If gum disease is found to be the problem, treatments may include scaling and root planing, flap surgery, soft tissue grafts, and more. Gum disease can be serious, so any gum problems should be evaluated by a dental professional. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how gum problems are caused, what they look like, how to treat them, and much more.
The Basics of Gum Problems
WebMD examines common problems with the gums, including soreness, swelling, and bleeding. Learn possible causes and find remedies to help keep your gums healthy.
Top Reasons to Keep Your Gums Healthy
Severe gum disease may be detrimental to your overall health. Get tips from WebMD on caring for your gums and keeping them healthy.
Preventing Gum Disease When You’re at Risk for Heart Disease
If you're at risk for heart disease or have it already, healthy gums are key to maintaining your cardiovascular health. WebMD explains the connection between gum disease and heart health.
What Causes Gum Pain?
There are many reasons why your gums might hurt. Some are minor, while others are more serious. Find out what the cause of your painful gums may be.
Tooth Loss: Are You at Risk from Diabetes, Poor Dental Care, or Other Reasons?
WebMD talks to experts about how to prevent tooth loss and keep your teeth for a lifetime.
How Teeth Change With Age
Everyday wear and tear, along with a poor bite and grinding, can take a toll on your teeth and gums. WebMD explains how to prevent oral problems as you age.
Oral Health: Insights Into Your Overall Health
Your mouth is a mirror of your health: Experts say gum disease may cause inflammation and affect overall health.
How Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Wellness
Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist can protect you from far more than cavities, including stroke, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
Diabetes and Oral Health
Proper oral hygiene is especially important for dental patients who have diabetes.
Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease
If you're not brushing and flossing regularly, you are at risk for gum disease and potential health problems.
Dental Hygiene During Pregnancy
Keith Eddleman, MD, talks about why dental hygiene is especially important during pregnancy.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: What Your Mouth Says About Your Health
See how diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and more health problems are related to gum disease and oral health.
Slideshow: Top Problems in Your Mouth
Sores, painful gums, bad breath -- what’s going on in your mouth? Found out with our slideshow of the most common mouth problems.
Slideshow: Oral Health -- Top Tips for Beautiful Teeth and Gums
See ways to keep your smile bright and gums healthy. Get simple eating, flossing, and brushing tips for white teeth.