Caring for your gums
Gums cover the root of our teeth to protect them and hold them firm. We could say that roots act like cement for our teeth, but to the surprise of many dentists as well as the users themselves, many people take extreme care when looking after their teeth but then fail to pay any attention to the state of their gums.
Poor dental hygiene can result in gingivitis or periodontitis. Apart from damaging the aesthetics of our teeth, periodontal diseases can cause serious discomfort in the mouth, bleeding, chewing pain, receding gums, loose teeth, and they can even result in tooth loss.
Whether you suffer from bleeding, red or swollen gums or if you notice that you have bad breath, dentin hypersensitivity, moving teeth or if you lose a tooth, you should take extra care of your gums and book an appointment with your dentist at the earliest possible opportunity.
Did you know that periodontal diseases are the main cause of tooth loss in adults? Maintaining a good oral health routine is essential in order to prevent more serious illnesses from developing.
You should know that in addition to poor hygiene and smoking, stress and low defences could lead to the appearance of periodontal diseases. Other health problems such as diabetes and osteoporosis, as well as certain hormonal changes, might also activate periodontal diseases.
CARE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
To maintain an optimal oral hygiene routine, you should brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day. However, to brush your teeth properly you should use a soft toothbrush that does not damage the enamel or the gums. Moreover, it is recommended that you use dental floss and/or interdental brushes to reach those spaces that a normal toothbrush cannot reach.
In this way, there will be none of the food debris that usually gets stuck in the interdental spaces and which is the main cause of infection.
Change your toothbrush every three months and visit your dentist to have your teeth thoroughly cleaned every 6 months.
The use of a water pick (also known as water flosser) could also help to improve the state of your oral health if you already have some symptoms. The pressure of the water jet on the gums will help to massage the tissue and this will help to reduce bleeding over time. Moreover, the water pick can reach under the gumline and into the periodontal pockets, making it easier to remove dirt from those areas that are difficult to access.
As you can see, periodontal diseases can be a serious problem for oral health, but they can also trigger other respiratory diseases or even heart diseases.
For this reason, if you notice any of the symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis, it is very important to start using specific oral hygiene products to care for your gums, and you should arrange an appointment with your dentist so that you can start the treatment as soon as possible.Back to Blog