Sore Gums That Bleed? You May Be Able To Undo Gingivitis!

posted: June 21, 2016

The human body is an amazing structure. It can react both physically and emotionally, process and distribute nutrition efficiently, and even heal itself.

Every body contains bacteria, some of which is good bacteria. When ‘bad’ bacteria enter the body, the white blood cells are signaled. Their job is to swoop in to attack bacteria so the healing process is not complicated. However, these ‘white knights’ are not always able to overpower an overgrowth of bacteria.

Because bacteria reproduce rapidly, they can overwhelm the body’s built-in defense mechanisms. This is when infection begins. Just as a cut on your foot can become infected, oral bacteria can cause infection in the mouth. This is what leads to periodontal (gum) disease, an inflammation that attacks teeth, gum tissues and the bone that supports tooth roots.

Symptoms of gum disease begin with tender gums that bleed when brushing, persistent bad breath, receding gums, gums that darken to red in color and pus pockets that may form at the base of some teeth. Without treatment, gum disease will eventually cause teeth to loosen, which often requires removal.

In most cases, gum disease progresses because people don’t realize that bleeding gums are not normal. Without proper tooth brushing, flossing and dental checkups, the result leads to a build-up of bacteria. This is a sticky substance that coats the teeth and gums. This film is known as plaque. When plaque is not thoroughly brushed away on a daily basis, it can harden into a mass of bacteria called calculus (or tartar).

Oral bacteria thrive on gum tissues and tooth enamel as they reproduce. The greater their numbers, the more rapidly they accumulate. Often, by the time people realize that something is wrong in their mouths that won’t go away, only dental treatment will be able to eliminate the bacterial onslaught. This is especially true when bacteria have penetrated beneath the gum line.

Conquer nasty oral bacteria before they cause destruction to your smile

Conquer nasty oral bacteria before they cause destruction to your smile

Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease. Symptoms are typically gums that ache in one area and some bleeding when brushing. These signs signal the need for immediate attention. With prompt attention and proper measures, you can halt and reverse the need for dental treatment and restore your gums to a healthy condition.

Begin by twice daily brushing with a soft bristle tooth brush using a tooth paste with fluoride. Brush for at least two minutes each time and floss daily. Avoid popping the floss between teeth so you don’t damage vulnerable gum tissues. Ease the floss between teeth in a back-&-forth motion to scrape the sides of each tooth.

To remove a tremendous amount of bacteria from the mouth, use a tongue scrapper daily. Scrape from back to front, rinsing after each pass. Or, you can use your tooth brush to brush your tongue after each brushing. Either method helps to dislodge bacteria that is embedded in the tongue. Be sure to get the back of the tongue where most of the bacteria live.

Drink lots of water during the day. (Sorry – colas and tea don’t count!) This will aid saliva flow so it is able to move bacteria from your mouth on a continual basis. Avoid or cut down on foods and drinks that are drying to the mouth, including alcohol, coffee, colas and spicy foods. Minimize sugary foods and reduce carbohydrates, which are the super-food that rev up the reproduction of oral bacteria.

If you smoke, use an oral rinse that will replenish the mouth with moisture. These are available over-the-counter. Just avoid those that contain alcohol. The chemicals in cigarette smoke are terribly drying to oral tissues. Be aware that a dry mouth provides oral bacteria with a favorable environment for reproduction.

If you adhere diligently to these steps before gingivitis progresses, gum tenderness and bleeding should cease in a week or so. If you do not see marked improvement after two weeks, make an appointment as soon as possible. We will determine if full-blown gum disease is underway and, if so, recommend appropriate treatment.

The key is to act promptly. Gum disease only worsens without treatment and is the nation’s leading cause for adult tooth loss. Additionally, the bacteria of gum disease has been found to trigger inflammatory reactions elsewhere in the body. It has been linked to heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, stroke, preterm babies and impotency.

Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 if you are experiencing any symptoms associated with gum disease. Also, arrange an appointment if you are behind on your cleanings and exams. These appointments can catch problems in early stages and often save you time and expense for future repairs.