If you notice that your gums are tender or swollen, you may be experiencing gum inflammation. If you see blood on your toothbrush as you are brushing your teeth, you might have gingivitis. Gum inflammation develops when plaque is built up along and under the gums. The early stage of gum inflammation leads to gingivitis, leading to periodontal disease if it reaches a more advanced stage.
To prevent gum inflammation, there are helpful tips and guidelines to follow to keep your mouth healthy.
Remember to brush your teeth twice daily. Brushing your teeth in the morning and before going to bed, it may help remove plaques and decrease the chances of gum inflammation.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove bacteria and plaque from harming your gums gently. It is highly recommended to brush your teeth after eating to remove plaque residue or any food debris.
Avoid brushing your teeth too harshly as it can create irritation to your gums. It is best to brush with a circular motion on the surface of your teeth.
Replace your toothbrush every three-four months to avoid any bacteria on your toothbrush.
Make sure that you floss daily to get in-between your teeth and remove the plaque that could gather clusters of bacteria to grow and cause gum inflammation.
Be mindful of your dental appointments and regular schedule to see your dentist bi-annually for your checkups. It is best to always receive a dental examination with your dentist for preventative treatments.
Vitamin C, D, and Calcium are highly recommended to help your body fight infections. Vitamin C is found to help boost the body’s immune system to protect against diseases. Vitamin D maintains healthy gums and reduces inflammation. Calcium stimulates the health of your teeth and gums, reducing the chances of gum inflammations.
If you are a smoker, it is strongly suggested that you quit smoking. Other bad habits such as alcohol and excess sugar can increase bacterial infection and poor gum inflammation.
Here at Periodontal Associates, we offer many preventative treatments and awareness about periodontal diseases. Your smile and oral health are very important to us, and we will do our best to help inform you and ease your mind the best that we can! Contact us today and let us know how we can help assist you.