Dental health does not only focus on warding off dental cavities but it is also about taking care of your gums. Bear in mind that gums play a significant role in maintaining your dental health and overall well-being. But what if you experience inflamed gums, what should you do?
No matter how inflamed they are, make sure not to stop brushing and flossing your teeth. However, you must discontinue using the toothbrush and mouthwash that caused gum irritation.
What Causes Inflamed Gums?
One of the main causes of inflamed gums is gum disease.
Sadly, half of all adults in the US have a certain form of gum disease. During the early stage of this disease, your gum appears swollen. It may be painless but it may still bleed.
If left untreated, it can lead to your teeth loosening because the gums are pulling away from the teeth.
Another reason is improper brushing technique. Your dentist might have recommended brushing your teeth every day or after every meal. This is sound advice.
However, when you clean your teeth, make sure that you do not brush them vigorously.
You must remember that gums are made of delicate tissues. If you brush vigorously, then it would lead to damaging them.
In that case, it is vital to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. It must have blunted ends. You may use a manual or an electric brush. However, the latter is more effective in cleaning your teeth than the former.
When brushing, you have to do the circular motions. In this way, you are massaging your gums while cleaning your teeth.
Before, you were taught to use a back-and-forth motion. But it has been known to cause gums to recede. It also irritates the gums, thereby, causing them to swell.
Insufficient hygiene is also a culprit of inflamed gums. If you do not brush after every meal or at least twice a day, you are likely to develop plaque buildup, that can lead to tartar.
And hardened plaque or tartar can cause gum irritation.
If the inflamed gums are found at the area where wisdom tooth grows, then the inflammation might be caused by your wisdom teeth erupting.
It usually happens if there is not enough space in your mouth. It causes gums around the tooth to inflame.
However, the swelling can be limited to one area. That is, where the tooth erupts. And if your wisdom teeth start to erupt, they can cause gum flap infection or pericoronitis.
This condition can be treated through the use of antibiotics. You may also gargle warm water salt solution.
If you treat the infection properly, the infection will go away in a week without medication.
If the above-mentioned causes are not likely, then your gum inflammation might be caused by an abscessed tooth.
It is usually caused by a neglected cavity. It allows bacteria to go through the tooth and causes an infection.
Visit Your Dentist
If your gums are swelling, make sure to schedule an appointment with Michael Mabry DDS MAGD. He can assess your condition and identify that cause of inflamed gums. From here, he can determine the right course of treatment.