If you have developed inflamed gums then this could be a sign that you need to see your dentist. Inflamed gums are often the first warning sign of a deeper issue developing. Quick and early intervention is the key to stem the problem before it has a chance to start. When the problem is left untreated it can develop into a number of more complex issues that could cause complications for your oral health.
Inflamed gums – what could it mean?
In most cases, having inflamed gums is a sign of gum disease. In the early stages, it is known as gingivitis. When gum disease develops into a more serious problem it is called periodontitis. However, there are other things that could be causing your gums to appear red or swollen:
Brushing too hard – If you are applying too much force when brushing and flossing you could be irritating or damaging the gums. If you are unsure, your dentist can show you the correct way to do this.
Smoking – This habit is very damaging to the gums.
Hormonal changes – The most common changes occur in the form of puberty, menstrual cycles, menopause, or through pregnancy. If you are unsure contact your dentist or your GP.
Mouth ulcers – If you are suffering from a mouth ulcer then there are over the counter medications that can be purchased from your local pharmacy.
Side effects of chemotherapy – Unfortunately, chemotherapy can produce a variety of unwanted side effects. Sore gums being one of them.
Tips to look after your gums…
Maintain a good oral health routine by brushing twice a day. Also using dental floss and mouthwash daily will help keep gums and teeth healthy.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. This is extremely important in maintaining a healthy mouth. High sugar diets can cause issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Quit smoking. This is one of the most important things you could do to improve the health of your mouth and also your body. The NHS has a number of programs and initiatives to help people quit. For more information see their website or speak to your GP.
Try and relax. Avoiding stress can make a difference to the health of your mouth.
Swapping sugary drinks for water. This is an excellent way of keeping teeth and gums healthy as well as rehydrating and nourishing the body and increasing energy levels.
If you are concerned about your gums and would like professional advice then please call us on 0208 547 9997. Our experts are on hand to help you with any general dental problem. The clinic also offers a beautiful range of cosmetic dentistry enhancements alongside emergency dental treatment for those in urgent need. We look forward to assisting you.