Do you see signs of inflamed gums? Are you ignoring them? Don’t. Inflamed gums indicate you have a possibly serious health issue. It could be medical or dental. You need to find out which before you can begin to arrange for treatment.
What Causes Inflamed Gums?
Inflamed gums may be the result of medical issues. The causes could also be related to dental problems. What you eat, or fail to eat, may also be responsible. In fact, the cause of inflamed gums may be any of the following:
- Viral infection such as Hermes Simplex Virus
- A cavity
- A tooth abscess
- Poorly fitting dentures
- Side effects of various medications including Dilatin and Phenobarbital
- A sensitivity to certain kinds of toothpastes or mouthwashes, including those containing alcohol or SLS
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Gum disease – both gingivitis and periodontitis
For medical issues, you need to see your doctor. If the problem is dental, see your dentist. It is, however, more probable that inflamed gums result from gum disease.
How to Treat Inflamed Gums
The basic treatment for inflamed gums means to address the cause – gum disease. The inflammation characteristic of swollen gums results from bacterial infection. Your mouth becomes a home for bacterial growth when food particles remain in your teeth. The food bits provide a feast for bacteria. They multiply. As they grow, bacteria form plaque. This eats away at both the enamel on your teeth and works away at the supportive tissue. The result is irritation. This creates reddened and inflamed gums.
While temporary relief is possible from gargling or rinsing your mouth with salt water, you need to make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible. He or she is better equipped to provide you with remedies for the problem. After removing any build up of plaque or even tartar on your teeth, your dentist will recommend ongoing treatment. This is the best way to treat inflamed gums before they become a serious issue. The method is easy and very inexpensive, particularly when looking at the cost of dental surgery for periodontitis. This is a regime of proper oral hygiene.
After talking to your dentist he or she is sure to recommend you pick up a good soft-bristled toothbrush. You then need to match it with high quality toothpaste. This could mean something as natural as baking soda, all-natural toothpaste such as OraMD or a commercial product. Dental floss and a mouthwash should round off your purchases. After that, the approach is simple.
- Brush your teeth daily, every day. The best times are after every meal and snack and before going to bed.
- Rinse your mouth following brushing and flossing. You can choose a commercial mouthwash but pick one without alcohol. You can also decide to go natural relying on salt and water or OraMD which also acts as a mouthwash.
- Floss – particularly before going to sleep
All these measures will act as a preventive measure.
While it is simple to treat inflamed gums, the best approach is to prevent them from occurring. If you notice the onset of this problem, see your dentist. He or she can help you with immediate treatment. It will then be up to you to put in place the permanent remedy – a daily routine of good oral hygiene.