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We've all been there. While we are brushing or flossing our teeth, we see a little bit of pink in the sink or on the string. While a bit of bleeding can sometimes be considered normal, if you are bleeding from your gums pretty regularly or you start to experience discomfort or gums that hurt, you need to act immediately. The importance of our teeth is evident, but by extension the importance of our gums is equally so. In the event that you do start to experience tender or irritated gums, you need to take the proper steps to prevent further issues from occurring.
Gum disease is a very serious issue and while painful gums don't necessarily mean that you are suffering from full-fledged gum disease, it is an indicator of an issue that you shouldn't ignore. It is imperative that you always pay close attention to the state of both your gums and your teeth. Our mouths are susceptible to bacteria that helps to produce the plaque that gets stuck to our teeth near our gums. If you aren't thorough with your oral care, if you don't brush, floss and rinse as you should, you're more likely to experience this type of issue. This then can turn into tarter and the bacterial around the gums can cause them to ache and recede.
If this starts to happen to you, or you only just start to notice that your gums are becoming more sensitive or are hurting, take stock of how carefully you clean and care for your teeth and gums. Flossing is a crucial practice because it allows you to get down and near the gum line where many of the problems begin. You can effectively scrape out food particles and built up plague that hasn't yet hardened. This is the first area you should focus in on in the event that your gums start to become irritable or ache. You should also consider rinsing your mouth with some salt water, this is a natural way to soothe the gums and provide them with a bit of relief.
Gingivitis is a very serious issue and in order to prevent it, you should take the utmost care with your gums. If gum issues aren't due to poor hygiene they usually are closely related to smoking, specific medications, hormonal changes or specific illnesses. If your gums are swollen, red or begin to recede, these are all the early stages of gum disease, take extra care in figuring out the trigger and combatting it as necessary. Check all the medications you are on, see if that could be what's making your gums so irritated. Also check to see if gum issues run in your family. If they don't, consider brushing with a gentler hand and not so much force. Make sure you are cleaning your teeth properly so your sore gums don't become a real problem for you later on. Don't skimp on taking care of your mouth the way you should. Not doing so could come at a heavy price.
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