Your gums are a crucial part of maintaining a proper healthy smile. When you first get braces you might get sensitivity on your teet because of the pressure to move your teeth around. Now many of us focus on preventing damage to our teeth from gingivitis and cavities that we forget about the other parts.
Often gums that are bleeding, swollen or are feeling and looking irregular can be a warning sign of a disease. However, these signs can also mean many other issues are occurring. When sensitivity occurs it’s a sign your mouth is not being taken care of properly. There are a few actions you can do to help fight the problem.
Brushing too hard can actually be one of the causes for sensitive gums. Brushing too harshly causes the mouth to get irritated and become swollen. Your mouth is made from fragile tissue that can be damaged by too much pressure.
When you become sensitive be sure to continue brushing them properly and not with too much pressure. You can get toothbrushes that are softer on the teeth to help.
A gentle circular motion massages and cleans your mouth at the same time. A harsh back and forth motion can cause irritation and damage which can lead to bleeding and a receding gum line.
Your dentist will tell you to floss everyday to remove gunk from the hard to reach places. If this is not done the sensitivity can become worse or even the swelling and bleeding might increase. A good way to floss your teeth is to brush it up against both sides of the tooth to clear off plaque. Just like brushing your teeth, flossing your teeth has to be done properly or you can damage your mouth.
Gum disease is very common for those over 35 years of age. While the disease (also known as periodontal disease) is most commonly found in its lesser form, gingivitis, some individuals still end up developing a serious form of the disease..
The main cause of periodontal disease is lack of proper hygiene. If the bacteria is not cleaned by brushing and flossing can built up to cause plenty of damage. As the bacteria grows your gums might become swollen, bleed and so on. Commonly gingivitis will occur without any pain, however your might still have inflammation. Good hygiene can reverse this problem before it gets too serious. If the ignored it might result in the loss of a tooth.
Signs Of Gum Disease:
- Changes in teeth when biting
- Swollen, red, bleeding, or changes (getting smaller or larger) in gums
- Moving teeth
- Constant bad breath/ taste in mouth
When gingivitis is not treated you develop periodontitis. This essentially means the bone and gums around the teeth have become weak. Since they are weak it is easier for bacteria to harm you. This often leads to infections and inflammation because of the bacteria attacking your bone and gums. This can ultimately lead to a loss of some of your teeth or the need for costly surgery to solve the problem.
If you have teeth that are constantly putting pressure on each other you might find that this damages your mouth. Often at this point braces are suggested to help solve the problem. Braces prevent teeth from putting pressure on each other and make it easier to clean your teeth.