How to deal with gum diseases?

Your gums hold your teeth and provide strength to your teeth. But, with bad hygiene and other reasons, gums can get infected. When gum infections are not treated, the infection causes damage to the gums, which damages connective tissues, and results in losing your teeth.

Gum diseases start with plaque. Plaque is a thin layer of starch that accumulates on your teeth because of bad dental hygiene and a sugary diet. When plaque is not cleaned, bacteria start to grow on it and start to decay your teeth. This infection spreads to your gums and creates gum inflammation, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other periodontal diseases.

Gum diseases start with gingivitis which can be treated and reversed with proper cleaning habits. Gingivitis is irritation in the gums or bleeding. When this is ignored the infection spreads under the teeth and damages the gums. Periodontitis needs immediate dental care or you will lose your teeth.

You will further read what you can do in case of hum diseases like gingivitis and how you can prevent them. Before that, here are the symptoms of gum diseases that will help you detect gum diseases.

Symptoms of gum diseases

  1. Having swelling or irritation in the gums.
  2. Redness or red spots in the gums.
  3. Felling of a foul smell when you breathe.
  4. You feel irritation or see bleeding while brushing.
  5. You see your gums are not attached to the teeth.
  6. Formation of pus in your gums.
  7. If you feel any salty fluid in your mouth.
  8. Pain while chewing or chronic toothache.

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact Westgate dental to get yourself checked. Gum diseases can be very dangerous if they are not treated. However, they can be reversed with proper dental care.

What to do when you get gum diseases -

1. Get a dental checkup

If you feel you have periodontal disease or you feel any kind of irritation in your gums, get a regular dental checkup. Inform the dentist about the complications you are facing. Whatever the cause of your trouble will be treated by professionals.

The dentist will check if you have any gum disease and provide you with all the necessary treatment. It can also be treated if you are suffering from any other disease.

2. Use Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has very effective healing properties. Aloe Vera can help you heal your minor irritations. It will reduce your gum inflammation and heal any minor cuts or burns.

Take some Aloe Vera gel and apply it to the affected area. Massage the area gently with the gel for a few minutes to get relief.

3. Use hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a highly advised medication for toothaches. It is especially recommended for irritation caused by infections. You can use hydrogen peroxide for temporary relief from the irritation.

Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water and use them as mouthwash. Rinse your mouth 2-3 times again with normal water. Remember to not swallow the solution.

4. Use a saltwater solution

The saltwater solution can reduce the inflammation in your gums and provide you relief from the pain for some time. It will reduce the irritation in your gums effectively.

Mix ½ spoonful of salt in a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash. This will reduce the swelling and inflammation in your gums.

5. Use painkillers

If you are feeling acute pain because of the pus pockets in your teeth. You can use painkillers for temporary relief before you reach the dental clinic.

You can use painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen for relief from the pain.

Remember these are just temporary remedies to reduce the inflammation in the gums and they do not cure gum diseases. Request for an appointment at Westgate dental to get proper treatment.

How to prevent gum diseases

  1. Brush and floss daily to clean your teeth from food and debris.
  2. Use good quality toothbrushes and toothpaste.
  3. Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months and keep it clean.
  4. You can treat gum diseases before they become severe by getting regular dental exams and cleaning. Contact Westgate dental to book your appointment.
  5. Quit bad habits like smoking and using other tobacco products.
  6. Quit habits like chewing objects and grinding your teeth.

Gum diseases can even make you lose your teeth. But you can prevent them from occurring by getting a regular dental cleaning. Dentists recommend dental cleaning twice a year for optimum health. But even if you get periodontal diseases, just contact Westgate dental to book your appointment.

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