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Love Your Gums And Prevent Inflammation

Believe it or not, taking care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth. When the health of your gums is neglected, they can become swollen and even start to bleed. These symptoms can worsen and lead to gum disease and other serious health problems. It’s time to start giving your gums the care they deserve!

How can I prevent gum damage?

If you aren’t seeing any signs of gum damage, you are on the right track, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear just yet. The most common signs of gum damage are sore gums, discomfort, swelling, or bleeding. To minimize these symptoms or prevent them altogether, here are best practices for gum health:

  • Improve your brushing technique – It’s important to be mindful of your brushing technique when it comes to your gums. We think that in order to best clean our teeth we have to brush as hard as we can, but this is inaccurate. Instead of using a fast back-and-forth brushing motion, we should instead be brushing in a circular, gentle motion.
  • Choose the right toothbrush – The right toothbrush can make all the difference when it comes to your gums. Even if it’s what you’re used to, a hard or medium bristled toothbrush can cause more harm than good. Try switching to a soft bristled toothbrush or if you use an electric brush, use a soft bristled head.
  • Floss gently – Flossing is one of the best oral hygiene habits to practice so don’t stop just because your gums are hurting. Instead, floss slowly and gently in order to keep your gums from becoming inflamed.
  • Ditch the tobacco products – Using tobacco products has many negative side effects and gum issues are just one of them. People who smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products are 4 to 5 times more likely to develop gum disease.
  • Use mouthwash – Rinsing your mouth daily with antiseptic mouthwash which targets disease-causing bacteria.
  • Watch what you eat and drink – Just like avoiding other dental and oral problems, drinking plenty of water and eating a nutritious diet will only help.

What are other causes of gum disease?

There are a few causes of gum disease that are not as preventable. For instance, gum disease is one of the many side effects of chemotherapy. High hormone levels during puberty, pregnancy, and menstruation also lead to various gum issues.

Not all cases of gum disease are preventable, but practicing good oral hygiene and putting an end to bad dental habits is a good start.

Are you experiencing sore, swollen, or bleeding gums?

The good news is gum inflammation is mostly preventable and treatable. If you are noticing that your gums hurt, are more sensitive than normal, or are inflamed, please make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Please give us a call at (574) 269-1787 or contact us here to book your appointment and be seen by the wonderful, Dr. Rudolph!