How to treat inflamed gums

The most common cause of inflamed guns is periodontal disease, followed closely by gingivitis.  Other common causes of inflamed gums are periodontics, which is a bacterial infection of the mouth that causes the gums to be eaten away.  Symptoms of inflamed gums are swollen gums that bleed easily, often while you’re brushing your teeth.  Another sign that your gums are inflamed is if they pull away from your teeth and leave tiny gaps in your mouth. 

The first thing you should do if you notice your gums start to get inflamed is to be more vigilant in your dental care.  Brush your teeth after every single meal and use an antiseptic mouthwash.  The mouthwash will kill any germs in your mouth that cause gingivitis.  If it’s not possible for you to brush your teeth after every meal, then you should definitely use mouthwash. 

Also make sure that your toothbrush has soft bristles.  Every toothbrush has a rating on the package that states if the bristles are hard, medium, or soft.  Always make sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles because the hard ones can irritate the mouth and even cause inflamed gums.  You also should watch just how hard you brush.  Try to brush only your teeth and avoid your gums.  Brushing your gums can cause them to be brushed away, leaving your teeth exposed in some areas.

Another area of oral hygiene that is often overlooked is flossing.  You should floss twice a day to get all the food out of the places your toothbrush can’t reach.  You should also be careful with your flossing because it’s very easy to hit a sore spot and cause inflamed gums.

If your inflamed gums aren’t getting better after a day or two of perfect oral hygiene, then you might want to try rinsing your mouth with saltwater.  Saltwater can sooth inflamed gums and help the swelling go down.  Your dentist may even be able to prescribe an anti-bacterial mouth rinse if plain saltwater is not helping your inflamed gums heal.

You should make sure that you see your dentist twice a year at least, and more often if you have a lot of dental problems.  Your dentist will help ensure that you don’t have to battle inflamed gums all the time.  If you’ve been battling inflamed gums for a while, then it’s definitely time to see a dentist.  There are plenty of other, less common things that cause inflamed gums, so it’s important to think about whether you have any other symptoms.  In fact, even pregnancy can cause inflamed gums due to hormone changes.

Another thing you might not think about is your diet.  Eating healthy has so many implications for your health, even in ways you don’t normally think of.  Your gums are just as important as other parts of your body, and a healthy diet will help keep them looking good.  Your dentist will be able to give you more tips for a healthy mouth diet if you seem to suffer from gum problems often.