How to Care for Sensitive Gums
One of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is gingivitis. Sensitivity, irritated or swollen gums are the mild form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the basic form of periodontal disease. It occurs because of poor dental hygiene, infections, pregnancy, hormonal changes or uncontrolled diabetes, resulting in sensitive gums.
Gingivitis is a result of plaque buildup on your teeth, a plaque is also known as tartar. Proper dental hygiene and regular cleaning at your dentists can reduce inflammation and discomfort in the future.
Change Your Toothbrush
Switch to the electric toothbrush, an electric toothbrush can help you remove plaque, tartar from the teeth surface and around your gums which is the major cause of gingivitis. In case if you don’t want to switch to the electric toothbrush, then use a soft-bristled toothbrush which has to be changed quarterly. Try to avoid snacks that cause sensitivity, brush your teeth twice daily and avoid fast scrubbing food that can further irritate sensitive gums. You can also use an antibacterial rinse between meals.
Toothpaste – Special One
Toothpaste does help to desensitize your teeth and gums, special toothpaste can help reduce discomfort in the short term, having said that they should not be used for longer period of times. Special toothpaste will take a couple of days to prevent pain and irritation. However, desensitizing toothpaste is not a substitute for dental checkups and appropriate treatments.
Debris and food particle that get stuck between the teeth lead to plaque and then gingivitis. Use dental floss at least once per day to get rid of the food particles hidden between the teeth. If you face difficulty using a floss or of your gum bleeds while flossing then try to use waxed dental floss or dental pick or dental stick to clean between your teeth.
Don’t Hesitate to visit your dentist
Sensitivity, gingivitis, irritated or swollen gums can lead to severe dental issues, which can cause damage to your jawbone and connecting tissue. One must get his teeth cleaned for every six months; make an immediate appointment with your dentists if you feel irritation in your gums or if they look discolored. Pink in color and firm are the signs of healthy gums.
In most of the cases, cleaning can reverse the effect of gingivitis, as long as follow instruction from your dentists after your appointment. Do not forget to take tips from your dentists about how to take care of sensitive gums and oral hygiene.
Dr Andaleeb Zaidi