Sore Gums? Here Are Reasons Why

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, 5:07 pm

Do you have sore gums? Are your gums also a little red, puffy and prone to bleeding when you brush? The reason is probably gingivitis.

The term gingivitis gets used often, especially on toothpaste ads, but what does it really mean? Simply put, gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Most people develop gingivitis at some point in their lives and the red, puffy gums are symptoms that may be ignored. Painful gums usually get some attention!

Gingivitis is caused when we forget to brush and floss every day. If the sticky film of bacteria and food particles around our teeth (dental plaque) is not removed it hardens into tartar. Tartar can’t be brushed away and must be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Tartar deposits form along the gum line and eventually these plaque and tartar deposits irritate and inflame the gums, causing gingivitis.

What to do -

You can turn the tide on gingivitis and get your gums healthy again. The American Dental Association recommends the following:

  1. Brush your teeth in the morning and at night with a soft bristled toothbrush. If your bristles tend to splay out – you are brushing too hard. Use a fluoride toothpaste and remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
  2. Floss! Every single day! Daily flossing removes plaque buildup below the gums and between teeth. Can’t floss or just won’t floss? Try interdental brushes, which are little brushes made to fit between teeth. These are sold in various sizes in the oral care aisle of your store.
  3. Antimicrobial rinses (not minty mouthwash) may help. Look for the ADA seal which means it has been proven effective.
  4. Get a cleaning every six months. If it has been a while since your last cleaning and your gums are tender it is time to make the call.
  5. Don’t smoke. Smoking may be the cause of 75% of periodontal disease.
  6. Watch your diet and your drinks. Soda and sweet sticky foods feed the bacteria in your mouth, causing them to release acids that attack teeth.

Stick with these good habits and your sore gums will be a distant memory. Please contact Toccoa, GA full service dental office, Wilbanks Smile Center at 706-886-9439 today to schedule your next visit.

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