If sore gums are due to gingivitis and bacteria:
Brush the gum lines twice each day with your toothbrush angled 45 degrees toward the margin of the gums. Focus on two teeth at a time, making short strokes back and forth.
Apply just enough pressure to make the tissue blanch – no more, no less.
Floss daily by wrapping the floss tightly around each tooth and sliding up and down under the gums as far as it will go. This is usually two or three millimeters.
Have your teeth cleaned regularly at the dentist to prevent excess tartar buildup.
Consider using a mouth rinse after brushing to help eliminate any other bacteria, especially if you are prone to gum infections or have a history of gingivitis. Be sure to avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol, as it can actually contribute to more bacterial growth in the long run. This is due to the fact that alcohol can dry out the mouth, and a dry mouth is a preferred breeding ground for harmful oral bacteria. Instead, use a 100% pure botanical mouthwash that is proven to kill the harmful bacteria that cause gum problems.
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Preventing other factors that can cause sore gums:
- Clean oral appliances such as retainers and dentures daily.
- Remove dentures or partials every night.
- Have necessary dental treatment completed in a timely manner.
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