Early treatment of irritated gums can prevent gingivitis from progressing to periodontitis. In the initial phase, your gums may swell and bleed easily during brushing and flossing. Gum bleeding is an early indicator of gingivitis.
Plaque which buildup along the gum line is responsible for causing irritation on the gums. The bacteria releases toxic substances which irritate the gums. If you do not remove it, the accumulation will continue. It will become tartar or calculus less than 24 hours. At this point, the bone structure surrounding the teeth is not yet compromised. But if you continue to have poor oral hygiene habits, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis. Then bacteria begin to attack the underlying structures and bone around the teeth and eventually you encounter tooth loss.
To prevent gum irritation, you have to keep the surfaces of the teeth clean. Do not allow any food residue to stick to them. Neutralize any toxins in the mouth. The following methods can help to prevent irritated gums.
1. Since plaque is the culprit, ask your dentist or hygienist to teach brushing techniques that can remove any plaque residue in the gum margins. You should only use a soft bristle toothbrush because hard bristles can further irritate your gums. Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluorides help to protect your teeth.
2. Clean the interdental spaces once a day with an interdental toothbrush.
3. Rinse your mouth with dental rinse that contain amine fluoride. This increases the fluoride deposit on your teeth. Mouth rinse also cleans areas which are unreachable by a toothbrush.
4. Visit your dentist every six months to detect any gum problems. Early detection can prevent irritated gums from getting worse.
5. High-sugar and high-carbohydrate food and drinks encourage bacteria growth at the edge of the gums. Bacterial plague thrive on sugar and carbohydrate and multiply by converting them into acids. So, reduce the intake of sugar and carbohydrate.
You can also try these two simple home remedies to treat the gums.
1. Mix sage and hot water to make tea. Gargle it in your mouth.
2. Add a drop of tea tree oil on your toothbrush on top of the toothpaste before brushing. This will relieve irritated gums.
Gum disease begins with plaque. It forms on your teeth without you being aware of it. It irritates your gums. Do not let them get irritated too long as it can further develop into serious gum disease. If you can minimize the formation of plaque on the teeth and below the gum line, you not only improve the health of the gums but also avoid expensive treatment.