Suffering from sore, irritated & inflamed gums can ruin your whole day. Most of us at some point have noticed blood in the skin when rinsing your mouth out after brushing and flossing or even sharp pains when eating and drinking. If so, this is a likely sign your gums are unhealthy. Overall body health has a strong link to oral health so it is vital to take note when you start to experience these symptoms and pay notice to what is causing them.

The most common reason as to why you may experience painful, sore or inflamed gums comes down to inconsistent oral home at home. When bacteria is left to build up in your mouth it creates plaque. When this happens your inflammatory system kicks in to try and rid infections, therefore causing your gums to become puffy and sore. 

In some instances, you may come to find sores in the mouth which can also contribute to sore gums.  Abscesses are lumps of pus that usually stem from a bacterial infection, and should be attended to by your dentist as soon as possible. You may come to find ulcers developing in certain areas of the mouth. 

Below you will find some simple tips and tricks to start improving your gum health immediately. 

  1. With many toothbrushes on the market, it's important to choose the right one. Choose a soft bristle brush with blunt ends. A brush with hard bristles may damage tooth enamel and cause further gum irritation. 
  2. Flossing is important but be gentle. Slide the floss gently up and down between teeth rather than forcing it. 
  3. Twice a day keeps the bugs away! To keep gums healthy it is important to brush morning and night and floss once daily. This ensures there are no food particles left on teeth or between them.
  4. If you are suffering from ulcers these will usually clear up in a week or two. To help healing we recommend over the counter treatment from your chemist or daily warm salt water mouth rinses. 
  5. Diet plays an important role in gum health. Consume a diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin c as this will help boost your immune system in order to fight plaque effectively. 
  6. Take time out for rest and relaxation. Ulcers usually become present in times of stress so it is important to take time out to do the things you enjoy.

With a little extra tender loving care you will get your gums into tip top shape. It is important to maintain and continue good oral hygiene habits once symptoms have resolved. If you let sore inflamed gums go without treatment you may run a risk of developing periodontitis.

There are also other conditions which may be contributing to sore gums so if symptoms persist seek help from you dental professional as early prevention is best. If you are concerned about gums that have been sore for more than a week, click the link below to schedule an appointment or call one of our friendly team members on 9382 8266.