Gum diseases affect half of the world population, the situation is that alarming. While gum or periodontal diseases are more common among children, the consequences faced by adults are more severe. Simple swelling can lead to gingivitis then to a more serious periodontitis when not diagnosed and treated early.
Prevention is the best measure against gum diseases. But when the symptoms are starting to show, you have to be proactive. Here’s what you can do when you experience signs and symptoms of gum diseases.
Seek immediate help
Gingivitis, the most common gum disease, may be undetectable in its early phase. It’s even easy to confuse symptoms like bleeding with bad habits like hard brushing and flossing. But when bleeding happens more than just once, don’t wait for another occurrence and seek professional help immediately.
Delaying help can worsen the condition. If you’re pregnant, diabetic, or generally unwell, a delay for gum treatment is riskier.
There are helpful home remedies for periodontal diseases. Gargling with saltwater to help ease the pain and baking soda to aid in neutralizing the acids are all right. However, hydrogen peroxide, which is also an effective DIY mouthwash, can be dangerous when swallowed.
Self-medication is also harmful given that you are not aware of the real gum problem. The sores may be cancerous, so no oil pulling techniques can definitely cure them.
Don’t stop your dental hygiene
Never make your gum problem an excuse for skipping your brushing, gargling, and flossing routines. You may slow down a bit or vary the technique but you must go on with cleaning your teeth and gums. The last thing you want is to allow bacteria to thrive even more.
Remember that your gum disease, characterized by inflammation, bleeding, tenderness, and bad breath, is a result of plaque buildup. The bacteria seeped into the gum line and caused the infection, which can spread into the bones and tissues. Simple brushing could have saved it.
Follow dental prescriptions
Gum diseases are progressive. For mild gingivitis, dentists normally resort to nonsurgical treatments, such as the scaling and root planning or SRP treatment. It scrapes the surface of the affected tooth in an effort to remove the tartar. Cleaning goes deeper into the roots by means of scaling.
The procedure may require more than just one visit, and in between your visits your dentist may prescribe antibiotic gels or tablets to be applied or taken at designated times. You are strongly advised to follow every direction.
Don’t forget the post-treatment care
In worst cases, your dentists will recommend surgical treatments, such as the pocket reduction procedure where the gum tissue is folded back in order to remove the infected area and to give room for the tissue to grow to a healthy bone.
Grafting is also another surgical procedure that uses grafted gum tissues from the unaffected parts of your mouth to cover the exposed roots. When you have the worst case of periodontitis, gums can recede and lose hold of the tooth, exposing the roots.
Such surgical procedures require post-treatment care at home, such as gentle brushing, eating soft foods, and constant drinking of water. These after-care measures are equally important to restore gum health and must not be taken lightly.
Dental care not only consists of external practices. The onset of gum disease can partly be traced to weak immune system, hence the infection, and weak bones. So taking in essential vitamins and minerals that naturally strengthen the enamel and prevent the teeth from acid erosion is likewise important. These include calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D.
The teeth and gum restoration process have to be holistic, after all. So besides cleaning the insides of your mouth, nourish your system with healthy foods.
Speaking of food, when you have a gum disease, it’s high time you reduce or entirely avoid taking in sugary foods and drinks. Bacteria that cause tooth decay thrive in sugar. Also, studies have found a correlation between diabetes and periodontal diseases. Hence, people with diabetes are advised to seek help immediately because the infection can contribute to an uncontrolled increase of blood sugar.
These tips will help you avoid worsening your gum problems and guide you through the restoration process after the recommended treatment. No single treatment is recommended here because each case is different and only your dentist can give you the best solution.