Sore Gums – Know When Home Remedies Will Work and When You Have to See a Dentist

Gum sores are a sometimes fact of life for just about all of us. Sore, bleeding gums most often mean it’s time to see the dentist for a cleaning. But sometimes sore gums treatment not only can save your smile, it can even save your life. Here are five things everyone needs to know about treating gum disease.

  1. The emergency warning color for gum disease is not red, it is black.
  2. Red, swollen gums are a sign that plaques have build up on the surfaces of teeth and the immune system has sent inflammatory chemicals to get rid of the bacteria. These bacteria feed on the carbohydrates that stick to your teeth. Black, pitted gums are a sign that a fast-moving bacterial or fungal infection is consuming the gums and may shortly attack the bone underneath. These bacteria feed on human tissue.

    Black gum disease is a sign you need immediate dental care.

  3. Trying to hard to treat gum disease at home can make it worse.
  4. Sometimes bleeding gums are causing by brushing too hard, or by using a toothbrush with hard bristles. Sometimes bleeding, swollen gums are caused by using harsh toothpastes formulated with the detergents sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate. And sometimes bleeding gums are caused by rinsing too often with alcohol-based mouthwash (such as the original Listerine), drying out the mouth and the gums, forming tiny cracks where bacteria can hide.

    To fight gingivitis, don’t try to get the infection out of your gums. Instead, get the bacteria off your teeth. It’s OK to brush quickly back and forth just above the lower gum line or just below the upper gum line, but don’t brush your gums. Brush your teeth.

  5. Diet can help cure gum disease, slowly.
  6. vitami-kDeficiencies in vitamin C and vitamin K can cause gum disease, but this does not happen overnight. If you don’t get both vitamin C and bioflavonoids for about 60 days, your gums will be the first part of your body to show symptoms. Taking even 100 milligrams of vitamin C for a week, and eating an absolute minimum of one serving of fruits and vegetables a day, will correct the condition. Then just avoid deficiency by eating fruits and vegetables and by taking up to 1,000 of vitamin C with bioflavonoids every day.

    Vitamin K helps the body make clotting factors. If you don’t get enough vitamin K, your gums may bleed after only very minor physical trauma. You get vitamin K by eating at least two or three servings of green leafy vegetables with at least a teaspoon (5 milliliters) of oil or a teaspoon (8 grams) of butter, which are needed to help the body absorb the vitamin K.

  7. Diabetics need to pay special attention to gum care.
  8. The germs that cause sore and bleeding gums feed on sugar. Diabetics have a tendency to high blood sugar levels. If diabetes is not controlled, the bacteria flourish-and the inflammation unleashed by the immune system to kill the bacteria also raises blood sugars. If you are a diabetic and your medication, insulin, diet, and exercise just don’t seem to be working, check to see if you have blood on your toothbrush or red, painful, swollen gums. And if you are diabetic and you have black gums, go to an emergency room at once.

  9. Taking care of your gums can save your life.
  10. The inflammation triggered by gum disease can have profound effects all over your body. Gingivitis in pregnant women can cause inflammation of the placenta, leading to premature delivery or even a condition of severe high blood pressure caused eclampsia. High levels of C-reactive protein after gum disease are associated with heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In pregnancy, the complications of gum disease can happen in weeks. In other people, the cumulative effects of gum disease happen over months or years, unless they are caused by vitamin deficiency or are a side effect of medication. The sooner you treat gum disease, the less the risk to your health.