During this COVID-19 period when it is inconvenient to be visiting the dentist, we want to tell you that we know your concerns and want to give you some recommendations on how to maintain healthy gums, and prevent gum disease from the comfort of your homes. We hope these recommendations are useful and do stay tuned for more updates from our blog!
Gum disease also known as gingivitis
is the inflammation of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth and is most commonly a result of poor dental hygiene. It is a very common condition and varies widely in severity.
Gum disease is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when teeth are brushed or flossed. Gum disease starts when food debris mixes with saliva and bacteria which, in turn, forms dental plaque that sticks to the surfaces of teeth. If dental plaque isn’t removed by brushing with toothpaste and flossing, it can become mineralized and form tartar. Tartar is very hard and only a professional dental cleaning can remove it. Both dental plaque and tartar are filled with harmful bacteria, and if they aren’t removed from teeth, they will begin to irritate the gums and cause gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease will often extend from the gums to the bone and lead to more severe forms of gingivitis.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bright red, swollen gums that bleed very easily, even during brushing or flossing
- A bad taste or persistent mouth odor
- White spots or plaques on the gums
- Gums that look like they’re pulling away from the teeth
- Pus between gums or interdental spaces
- A change in the waay the teeth fit together in the mouth or spaces opening up between teeth
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Change in the way partial dentures fit
Some Home Treatments for Gum Disease
- Green tea has antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body
- Hydrogen peroxide helps kill bacteria when used as a mouthwash or as a gel in a custom fitted tray, but it cannot be swallowed
- Warm saltwater rinses can help to soothe sore mouth tissue
- Baking soda diluted in water can be used to rinse and brush the teeth and gum line to help neutralize the acids that cause gum disease
Overall maintaining good dental hygiene is enough to prevent gum disease from forming. If you notice some plaque on your teeth, do try some home treatments for gum disease for now, and do not hesitate to consult us (Click). Vivid Dental Surgeons wish you a pleasant day ahead!