Tips On Sore Gums Treatment
There isn't any one single sore gums treatment that's guaranteed to work, for the simple reason that there are numerous different causes of sore gums, and the cause usually needs to be pinpointed before a treatment that works can be found. Still there are a number of things, including many home remedies, that can at least soothe, if not cure sore gums.
Very often, sore gums are a sign of gum disease and the best way to ensure proper sore gums treatment is to pay a visit to the dentist who will know what to prescribe to what steps must be taken. Plaque between the teeth or between the teeth and the gum line is often a cause. While home remedies my help prevent the condition, once plaque is established it will have to be removed by a dentist. Proper brushing technique and especially flossing are the best means of preventing a plaque build up and sore gums.
It is very important to seek sore gums treatment, especially when the cause is thought to be gum disease. Gum disease, which usually is diagnosed as gingivitis, is fairly common in adults. While nearly 3 out of 4 have this disease, at least in its milder form, many have a more severe type of gum disease called periodontitis, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Signs of gingivitis and periodontitis include sore and tender gums, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, and bleeding of the gums while brushing teeth. Sore gums treatment in these cases should be prescribed by a dentist, as more than an administering of medications will likely be involved.
Preventing The Need For Treatment - Some types of sore gum treatment are preventive in nature and most often life style related. Besides proper brushing (at least twice daily) and flossing, maintaining a well balanced diet can often go a long ways towards preventing sore gums, as in such a diet one is apt to get the proper amounts of vitamins and calcium, both necessary for healthy gums. Water helps too. We need water just to survive and although we get much of it, though not necessarily the required amount, through the foods we eat or drink, it's a good idea to drink several glasses a day, as it will tend to wash food particles off the teeth, preventing decay and gum problems. Tobacco can lead to gum problems, so avoiding tobacco is another effective preventive measure.
Stress Doesn't Help - We don't normally associate stress with sore gums, but there is a connection. If we allow ourselves to become stressed out too often, levels of the stress hormone cortisol tend to increase. Excessive amounts of this hormone tends to increase the chances of inflammation in various parts of the body, including the gums.
Salt Water Rinses Are Great - Probably the best sore gums treatment you can administer yourself, assuming the problem is not too severe, is a salt water rinse. Even if gum disease has progressed to the point to where periodontitis has been diagnosed, a salt water rinse 2 or 3 times a day, at a minimum, will still be very helpful. A topical treatment, aloe vera extract, is also widely used, and should you have some raw cabbage handy, the juice is said to be a very effective treatment. There are other home remedies as well, including green tea and various herbal teas. Besides helping deal with sore gums, herbal teas are just plain healthy beverages to have in one's diet.
Finally, if one is a denture wearer, the cleanliness and proper fitting of the dentures needs to be taken into account, as many instances of sore gums can be traced back to ill-fitting dentures or those which are not being regularly cleaned.