The facts about gum problems

How to Treat Gum Problems

While gum problems aren’t exactly good dinner conversation with your friends, they’re something a lot of people struggle with. One person you should be chatting to about your gum health, is your dentist. They can help with the early diagnosis and treatment of gum problems. If you’re experiencing any gum problems, invest in oral care products like meridol®, which are designed to help prevent the cause of gum problems.

What are the Signs of Gum Problems?

Gum problems can go unnoticed or mistaken for brushing too harshly, but there are signs you can look out for:

  • Gums that are tender when brushing or flossing
  • Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
  • Gums that feel tender when touched
  • Bad breath

Not to worry though. With early diagnosis and treatment, you can get back to healthy gums and healthy teeth. Be sure to visit your dentist or dental hygienist if you experience these symptoms. They will recommend treatment options and at-home care that will prevent this from progressing into a more serious oral health issue.

 

How can I Prevent Gum Problems?

Start with a good oral hygiene routine; it’s the best way to keep your gums healthy. Your dentist is also there to help, so remember to visit the dentist’s office regularly for professional cleanings that can remove plaque build-up (the common cause of gum problems) between the teeth and below the gum line.

Here are some oral care tips to help keep your gums and teeth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day: Use a toothpaste that’s specially formulated to assist with gum health, like meridol® toothpaste. The soothing formula works effectively and acts gently like a balm, to keep your teeth and gums looking clean and healthy. For a gentle and effective clean for your teeth and gumline, try the meridol® soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Use a mouthwash: meridol® mouthwash helps fight the cause of gum problems, keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to help clean those areas that your toothbrush can’t reach
  • Floss daily: Dental floss or other interdental cleaners help remove debris that can get trapped between your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist or dental hygienist regularly: Routine dental check-ups help with early detection and treatment of oral issues.

 

At-home Remedies and Treatment Options

Are you experiencing tender gums? You can try these at-home remedies or over-the-counter treatment options to help ease the discomfort:

  • Rinse your mouth with a warm salt-water solution
  • Take anti-inflammatory medication for quick pain relief
  • Warm and cold compresses are a simple and effective way to reduce pain and swelling.

While these at-home remedies can assist with gum tenderness, you should make an appointment with your dentist if it persists. They can determine the cause of your gum problems and may even recommend one of the below treatment options:

 

Deep Cleaning

Severe gum health issues, especially if left untreated, can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and form spaces called pockets, where plaque and tartar can get trapped. Deep cleaning is a treatment option that can help with advanced gum problems. There are two parts to the treatment:

  1. Scaling is when the dentist removes all the plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, as well as the pockets.
  2. This is followed by root planning, the smoothing out of your teeth roots to help the gums reattach to your teeth.

Deep cleaning works best in the early stages of gum problems and helps to restore your gum health and prevent gum problems in the future.

 

Surgical Treatment

It’s normal to feel anxious about visiting the dentist but gum problems aren’t something you should ignore. When early gum problems aren’t treated, it can advance to more severe gum problems that can really damage the gums and bones that anchor your teeth, resulting in tooth loss.

It’s normal to feel anxious about visiting the dentist but gum problems aren’t something you should ignore. When early gum problems aren’t treated, it can advance to more severe gum problems that can really damage the gums and bones that anchor your teeth, resulting in tooth loss.

  • Gum graft surgery: Your dentist will remove healthy gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and attach it where there are exposed root surfaces. This will improve the look of your smile and help reduce the risk of further problems.

When thinking about your oral health, you shouldn’t forget about your gums. Try meridol® products to help protect your oral health.

 

This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, and/or treatment. Never disregard professional advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read in this article