You might not be aware of this but the state of your gums play a major role in not only your overall dental health, but also your whole well-being too.
If your gums are a little tender and red, if you feel sharp pains when eating or drinking, or if see blood in the sink when you brush or floss, there is a strong likelihood your gums are unhealthy.
Gingivitis, or gum disease, as it is more commonly known affects most people at some point in their lives.
Typically it occurs as a result of an inconsistent approach to oral health care at home. This includes not brushing twice a day. Not flossing regularly. Not using an ADA approved anti-bacterial mouthwash and not using a tongue scraper.
Under these circumstances bacteria present in your mouth creates plaque. Over a period of time your inflammatory system tries to get rid of the infection. In doing so it causes you to experience sore gums.
As more time passes abscesses and ulcers can develop which lead to further problems. Should this happen you should definitely make an appointment to see your dentist immediately.
That said, gingivitis is a completely avoidable condition and there are several things you can do to prevent it.
“One of the most important things you can do to stave off the threat of sore gums in visit our dental hygienist on a regular 6 monthly basis”
How To Avoid Sore Gums
As a general rule you should brush your teeth twice a day, for at least 2 minutes, on each occasion. You should also use an electric toothbrush as this gives a much better clean than manual brushing.
Whatever toothbrush you use, try and make sure it has soft nylon brushes with blunted ends. Those with harder bristles could damage your enamel or injure your gums.
When flossing do so gently. Slide the floss gently up and down. Try not to force it between your teeth.
Also what you eat is very important. Try to avoid junk foods and soft drinks with high levels of sugar. Instead aim for a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin C as this will help strengthen your immune system. Which in turn will fight any plaque in your mouth effectively.
Easier said than done but another thing you can do is take time to relax. Stress accelerates the growth of ulcers so wherever possible allocate time to do whatever makes you feel relaxed. Whether that be running, yoga, reading or watching TV. The less stressed you feel, the less likely you are to break out in mouth sores.
Lastly one of the most important things you can do to stave off the threat of sore gums in visit our dental hygienist on a regular 6 monthly basis.
During an hour long appointment our dental hygienist provides a comprehensive and extensive clean of your teeth and gums. One which you simply can’t get from brushing or flossing at home. This eradicate from your mouth the presence of plaque and will leave it at an optimum level of health.
Worried About Sore Gums?
If you are currently experiencing sore gums, or would like to make an appointment with our dental hygienist please call Jess on 07 5443 2800.
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