While it’s true that sometimes the reason is that you’ve brushed too hard, especially if it seems to be a one-off, most of the time bleeding gums are a sign of something more serious.
You may also be at an increased rate to develop swollen gums if you have oral appliances that you wear such as braces, dentures, partials, bridges or retainers. If the appliance can be removed, do so each day for thorough cleaning to prevent the risk of infection. You may need additional appliances to keep permanent fixtures (such as braces or bridges) clean on a routine basis.
Brushing is something we all do, but do you do it the correct way? Using a soft-bristled brush isnt always someones first method of choice, but it is the gentlest, safest way to remove plaque deposits from along the gum lines without causing tooth abrasion or gum recession. Gently angle the toothbrush 45 degrees toward the gum lines, making short back and forth motions. You should focus on only two or three teeth at a time and apply just enough pressure that the tissue blanches, no more.
Swollen gums from braces are usually due to how difficult it is to keep the area thoroughly clean as well as a response to metallic appliances within your mouth. If you have swollen gums around wisdom teeth or erupting teeth, this tends to be a normal part of the eruption process although it could be an indicator of a cyst formation.
The intervention significantly reduced the number of plaque-covered teeth and improved denture hygiene. The reduction in the number of plaque-covered teeth was associated with functional ability and cognitive function. Despite the positive effect, nearly half of the teeth in the intervention group had plaque even after the intervention. In the control group, oral health habits deteriorated during the 6-month follow-up.
Anthropologists have long held that Neolithic humans transitioning thousands of years ago from hunting and gathering to farm-based diets often suffered from tooth decay and gum disease. This contributed to suggestions that humans are better off with a wild-food-based diet as opposed to one where staples might be foods like corn or potatoes.
Oral thrush treatment can be handled through conventional or home remedies. Natural, over-the-counter treatments to get rid of oral thrush are typically successful but professional intervention may be needed if the infection is too severe.
The study considered data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Childrens Health, which included parent reports of oral health and use of dental care for 79,815 children and adolescents (age 1 to 17 years) of all social strata.
When you suffer from gum disease, there is an active infection under the surface of your gums between them and your teeth. These bacteria are attacked by antibodies in your bloodstream, which creates inflammation, redness and destruction of the fibers that attach the gums to your teeth. As gum infections persist, the gums creep farther down the root surface due to destruction of attachment fibers.
The importance of proper and thorough oral care is unprecedented. The health of our teeth, gums and mouth is essential for a myriad of reasons. While all of us do get plaque, our own dental hygiene regimen determines how easily that plaque can be eradicated.
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