It is important when you brush your teeth to examine them. You also need to consider the color of your gums. Are they a coral pink, pale white or scarlet red? Are they sensitive when you touch them? Are they inflamed? Do your teeth and gums look normal? If you think they look different, you need to handle the problem immediately.
Healthy Gums and Teeth
Most people know what healthy teeth look like. They are “pearly white.” They are straight and clean. There is no plaque or tartar build-up. They stand firm and do not wiggle when touched. Nor do healthy teeth fall out of your mouth.
Healthy gums are coral pink in color. They are not scarlet in color. Normal gums are not inflamed. They are firm. When you touch or brush them, they do not bleed. They are also not swollen.
The health or your gums and teeth are essential. They allow you to eat easily. They also create that beautiful expression called a smile.
What Are Inflamed Gums?
Inflamed gums are an unhealthy product of gum disease. They appear bright red in color. Sometimes crunching into an apple or brushing results in bleeding. Even if you brush them with a finger, they may be sore touch. Inflamed gums are not a disease. Instead, they are indicating a potentially serious dental problem – gum disease.
Gum disease is the result of you neglecting your teeth and gums. When you fail to brush correctly or do not do so at all, food particles remain in your mouth, hiding between teeth and gums. This is food for bacteria. It multiplies. As the bacteria continue to grow, they attack the supporting tissue and bones of the gums and teeth. Consequently the teeth become wider apart and the gum line recedes.
Initially, bacteria hide beneath a layer of whitish sticky material called plaque. This substance envelops the teeth thickly. If the bacteria continue to grow, the plaque will be joined by a harder substance – tartar. This indicates treatment for gum disease will no longer be simple. It is no longer gingivitis, the first easy-to-treat-stage. It is now becoming periodontitis. Teeth begin to wiggle and eventually may fall out. You have bad breath that never goes away. Only your dentist can provide you with a remedy for this latter stage of gum disease.
What Can You Do?
You cannot turn back the clock when your inflamed gums are signs of periodontitis.
Your dentist can and will treat it. If you have gingivitis, however, you can help treat, reduce and even prevent it. First, however, you have to make an appointment to see your dentist. After diagnosing the problem, he or she will insist on one thing – you seriously commit yourself to a daily system of proper oral hygiene. No matter who your dentist is or in what country, the standard treatment rarely varies. The system consists of sticking to the following practice on a regular basis.
- Brush your teeth following each meal and snack. Most doctors prefer you use a soft bristled toothbrush. Opinions are divided on whether you should rely on all-natural toothpaste such as OraMD, natural substances like baking soda or a commercial name brand product.
- Apply dental floss daily. Do so after every meal and before bed
- Rinse after meals, between snacks and before bed. Research indicates a non-alcoholic-based product, such as the versatile OraMD works is best without undesirable side effects such as dry mouth which encourages the growth of bacteria.
- Make an annual appointment with your dentist annually for a check-up and arrange for a cleaning once or twice a year.
Inflamed gums are not conducive to a healthy mouth let alone a brilliant smile. The show you to be a victim of gum disease. If the problem progresses, there are no remedies. You may lose teeth seriously damaging your ability to both eat and smile. The only solution is to actively seek to keep your teeth healthy. Talk to your dentist then put into place a good program of oral hygiene.