Poor gum health: Here are some simple remedies

Do not ignore bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, thinking that it is quite common. Photo: iStock/AudreyPopov

Maintaining healthy gums is an essential part of oral health. Many are reluctant to smile, pose for a photo or even talk to people as they suffer from gum problems. However, it is easy to prevent gum diseases by following a few simple steps. Brushing in the morning and evening, rinsing the mouth after eating and proper flossing techniques help prevent gum diseases. In case you notice the following symptoms, then do not hesitate to consult a dentist and seek treatment as you may be suffering from gum disease.
Bleeding gums
Do not ignore bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, thinking that it is quite common. This is an important symptom of unhealthy gums. You need to brush gently if you notice bleeding gums. It is important to consult a dentist as soon as possible for further tests and treatment. Using antimicrobial mouthwash could reduce the inflammation and bacterial infection in your mouth.

Swollen gums
Swollen gums and inflammation cause difficulty in many people. The swollen gums would be red. Do not forget to consult a dentist to seek treatment for this condition.
Bad breath
Bad breath may be caused not just by tooth problems but due to gum issues too. Neglecting oral health may lead to severe gum problems. Dental experts recommend rinsing the mouth with lukewarm water to keep away bad breath. To eliminate bad breath and to ensure oral health, you could seek advice from a dentist.
Painful gums
If you are not able to brush properly, eat food or even touch your gums without feeling extreme pain, then it may be a symptom of gum disease. Moreover, those who have sensitive gums may find it difficult to eat cold or hot food. Do not use harsh materials to clean or rinse your mouth to ensure oral health.

Loose tooth
Loose teeth may be a symptom of poor gum health. It is better to avoid chewing hard food items if you think you have a loose tooth. Do not put too much pressure on the tooth in case you are suffering from gum problems. Always consult a dentist as proper treatment and remedies are available for this condition.
Gum abscess
Gum abscess may be a symptom of infection. Consulting a dentist would be the best idea as self-treatment or home remedies may not be effective. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat the infection. Moreover, you should undergo cleansing treatment to get rid of bacteria build-up.
Tartar is a hardened dental plaque in grey or yellow colour formed on the teeth, close to the gum line. A professional dental cleaning schedule should be planned to remove the tartar or plaque.

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