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How to Take Care of Your Gums?

11/14/2013 3:14:38 PM | by Anonymous

Gums

Gums are important as they keep your teeth together. One of the most common and earliest signs of unhealthy gums is when they start to bleed. This may indicate the beginning of gum disease.


There are a number of reasons that cause bleeding gums. Another common reason is that there is too much plaque that accumulates at the gum line. This may lead to gum diseases such as gingivitis and inflammatory diseases. When the plaque is not removed, it will also harden and form a substance called tartar. As this tartar builds up, it will slowly separate the gum from the teeth. In rarer cases, deficiencies in nutrients may cause gum bleeding as well. If gum bleeding is due to these deficiencies, then it will be much more serious. On example is when a person is suffering from scurvy, which is a lack of vitamin C. This causes the gums to swell and bleed. Another type of deficiency known as pellagra also causes similar effects. These deficiencies can easily be taken care of by having a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables or by taking other medication and supplements.


However, too much use of such medication such as calcium pills may cause a growth to form at the gum tissues. This increases the chances of gingivitis as it is harder to remove plague from the gum lines. Patients who use medicines such as aspirin and other medicines that cause the blood to thin may also experience bleeding of the gums. This is because such medicines cause the blood to clot up and prevents the enzymes from healing blood vessels in the gums.


Fungal and viral infections may also be a cause of bleeding gums. In such cases, the gums tend to become very painful and red. The bacteria from these infections often irritate the gums which results in bleeding. Pregnant women may also have gingivitis due to the sudden change in hormones. As the estrogen levels decrease, it causes the gums to dry up and shrink. This is not good at all as when the gum shrinks, more plaque and tartar will form in between the gum lines. Most of the times, bleeding gums can be cured by doing a number of things. It is only when the gums start to bleed excessively and causes a lot of pain may it then considered to be a serious issue. If this happens, one should always consult a medical professional.


The very first way to prevent bleeding gums is to ensure that proper oral hygiene is practiced. This includes proper brushing, flossing and rinsing of the mouth. The food that you eat may also play a part in gum diseases, particularly sugary food. This is because the sugars retain in between teeth and may cause bacteria to form. Thus, you should always brush your teeth after every meal or at least rinse your mouth after having such meals.

 

The next method is to know how to brush your teeth. It is important to use a soft tooth brush as harder toothbrushes may wear out the teeth’s enamel or gums. The best way to brush is along the gum line at least twice a day. Next is to floss everyday. Flossing is good as it cleans the gaps between teeth as brushing is unable to do so. Finally, to remove the remaining bacteria, use a good mouthwash. If you want to be extra safe, remember to use a tongue scraper as bacteria can stick on to the tongue.


Thus, by knowing what causes gum diseases you are able to prevent bleeding gums caused by gum diseases. Most of the times, practicing good oral hygiene is usually good enough to keep these harmful bacteria away.

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