Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Easy Ways Of Treating Swollen Gums

By Mattie Knight

Gums can swell because of many different reasons. Causes that stand out more are poor diet, medications, tooth misalignment, hormones, and oral diseases including periodontitis and chronic gingivitis. Another common cause in some people is plaque and tartar. The white filmy substance that gets deposited over teeth and gums is what is referred to as plaque. Hardened plaque forms tartar, which when infected by bacteria causes swelling. The key to treating swollen gums is to catch the problem in its infancy stages.

There are several risk factors associated with swelling of gums. Major ones are smoking, diabetes, genetic susceptibility, medications, and hormonal changes in women. The most significant risk factor among the ones mentioned is smoking. Besides being a risk factor, smoking also lowers chance of a successful recovery or treatment. Medications cause swelling when they reduce flow of saliva inside the mouth, hence promoting the possibility of infection.

Gums are sometimes very hard to notice when they become inflamed. Some people never notice it at all while others get used to it that it stops being a bother. The best way to notice the problem is to understand the difference between healthy and inflamed gum. Usually there is a difference in appearance that may never be noticed. Specific symptoms can also be exhibited by the patient.

Typically, an inflamed gum will appear dark pink, blue, purple, or red in color. The margin along the teeth will be rolled and there will not be papilla and if it exists, it will be blunted. The gum will usually bleed when brushing and uncomfortable to severe pain may be felt. The aforementioned symptoms may all appear at different stages or some may not appear at all.

The problem of swelling gum can be treated and reversed with ease without the help of a dentist. One needs to be dedicated, and maintain the right oral hygiene while eating a balanced diet. Eating a balanced diet and removing the harmful bacteria physically each day has been known to be able to reverse moderate and mild inflammation. A period of two weeks should be able to get the issue solved.

Quicker results can be achieved by using the right kind of toothbrush to brush teeth two times a day. The technique of brushing must also be correct. It is more efficient to hold the brush at 45 degrees when brushing. Toothbrushes with smother bristles are advised. Recommendations about which toothpaste to use can be sought from a dentist.

The efficiency of electric toothbrushes is higher because more plaque is removed by them. Additionally, Blue Light Technology is efficient for treating inflammation of the gum according to scientific research. This technology works by eliminating bacteria, which cause bad breath, plaque, gingivitis, and gum pockets.

Flossing is useful because it cleans under the gums to eliminate harmful bacteria. This may be done by traditional floss, water flossing, or floss picks. Unless underneath the gumlines is cleaned, swelling may never go away totally. Flossing should be a daily habit even in the presence of bleeding. Inflammation is reduced by rinsing using topical rinses. Topical rinses also remove bacteria that cause the inflammation.

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