What is Gum infection?
The gums are soft tissue that surrounds the teeth and provides a seal around them. They resist the food particles passing over them to the underlying bone. If you do not brush regularly, bacteria grow in the gum sulcus around your teeth. As bacteria grow and multiply, they infect your gums, causing gum infection commonly referred to as Gingivitis or Gum Disease.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Gum infection?
Healthy gums are pink and are tightly wrapped around your teeth. It is important to remember, in the early stage of the infection of the gums it is usually painless and hardly noticeable. So, gum infection is typically identified by bleeding gums as its most common symptom.
Other Signs and Symptoms include:
For most people, signs of gum infection like red or bleeding gums have become so common that it does not bother them to improve their oral health and hygiene. Once you observe these signs and symptoms you should start immediately normal, daily brushing, and flossing of your teeth. Fortunately, this stage of gum infection is reversible and treatable, your dentist can also help wash away bacteria surrounding your gums and teeth.
What if Gum infection is left untreated?
Gum infection should not be ignored. If allowed to progress it may get worse leading to periodontal disease i.e. your gums may pull away from your teeth, allowing the bacteria to move easily into the bone and tissues below your teeth. The longer bacteria stay in your mouth, the worse your dental health gets. Progressive gum infection is nasty not only for your oral health but several parts of your body.
What is the Treatment of Gum infection?
The primary goal of gum infection treatment is to stop progress before it causes more damage to the tissues and bone. Gingivitis or gum infection usually is a reversible and treatable condition. Starting often by yourself at home by improving your oral health and hygiene with regular brushing and flossing. However, if the condition is not improving, you need to visit your dentist.
The dentist will begin by a thorough examination of the mouth to assess how far the disease has progressed. After examination and diagnosis, the dentist will proceed with a treatment plan, which may include oral hygiene reinforcement and Professional teeth cleaning and polishing. He may recommend a mouthwash to fight the leftover bacteria and ensure proper healing of the gum tissues.
In severe cases of gum infection, the dentist may recommend the following methods:
Are Teeth Cleaning and Polishing Treatment Painful Procedure?
Regular teeth cleaning treatment is typically a pain-free procedure. However, if you experience mild discomfort or pain, your dentist will numb your mouth before the procedure begins.
How can I Prevent Gum infection?
Regular brushing and flossing keep the bacteria away. Here are some useful tips:
You should maintain good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing twice a day. Brushing removes the outer layer of bacteria surrounding your teeth, while flossing cleans the hidden residual food particles between your teeth.
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it means you’re having gums infection. Remember, healthy gums do not bleed when brushed.
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