Sore, Swollen and Bleeding Gums
When you think about dental health, focus is likely to be on preventing cavities in your teeth. But it’s important to pay attention to your gums, too. Gums play a major role not only in your dental health, but also in your overall well-being. For example gum disease can be a causative factor in heart disease.
In many instances, swollen and bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. However, there are a number of other factors that could be causing your gum problems. Whatever the cause of sore, inflamed and bleeding gums, there are steps you can take to minimise gum damage and discomfort.
Three steps to help you have healthier gums
- Gums and Brushing Technique
In the quest to keep teeth clean, you might be tempted to brush teeth as vigorously as you can. Gums are made of delicate tissue, though, so brushing the wrong way could damage them.
Whether you opt for a manual or electric toothbrush, choose one with soft nylon bristles that have blunted ends. Even though you can find brushes with medium or hard bristles, they may damage the enamel on your teeth or cause red and swollen gums.
When you brush, make sure you use gentle, circular motions to massage and clean the teeth and gums. While many people use a back-and-forth motion, this motion can actually irritate and damage your gums, making them sore and more likely to bleed or recede.
- Gums and Flossing Technique
We all know the importance of flossing every day to help remove plaque from places where your toothbrush cannot reach. To make sure that your healthy habit isn’t causing swollen or bleeding gums, be gentle when you floss. Instead of forcing the floss between your teeth, carefully slide it up and down, following the curve of each tooth.
- Regular hygiene visits
We suggest a thorough check‐up every 6‐months to maintain optimum mouth health. Bi‐annual check‐ups usually involve:
- A thorough assessment of your gums, teeth and soft tissue
- Cleaning and polishing your teeth
- Evaluation of possible cosmetic smile enhancements
- The application of decay preventing agents