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Inflamed gums are a fairly common dental issue, but unfortunately, many people don't take the problem seriously enough. If you ignore inflamed gums and continue your usual routine, you could be encouraging a much more severe inflammatory problem, and the pain that goes along with that. Fortunately, it is quite easy to relieve inflamed gums if you use the tips below
USE SOFT BRISTLES
A soft-bristle toothbrush - the sofest you can buy - is a must for anyone with inflamed gums. Anything that makes contact with your gums can cause you pain, so fine and soft bristles are always the best choice.
USE SENSITIVE FORMULA TOOTHPASTE
The toothpaste marketed as "Sensitive Teeth Formula" contain special ingredients to help relieve sensitivity. When your gums are inflamed, even light brushing can cause some pain. Using a special toothpaste will help reduce that pain and make it easier to brush your teeth effectively. The effect becomes stronger as you use the toothpaste more, so use it for each brushing.
VISIT THE DENTIST
If your gums remain swollen for more than a few days or a week, set up an appointment with our office. There is a long list of conditions that could be causing your swollen gums, everything from gum disease to pregnancy, so you need to discover where your issue is coming from. Most of the time, your condition can easily be treated by our office.
Perhaps you had a particularly irritating commute from work, and then you realized at the end of the day that your jaw was clenched tight the entire ride home. Or maybe you grind your teeth when you are nervous or anxious about an upcoming business meeting or dental appointment! Most people do grind or clench their teeth from time to time, but it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic tooth grinding also known as bruxism. This condition can lead to oral health problems and dental issues later.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM
- Your partner might complain about the fact that you grind your teeth while you sleep. People who grind their teeth on a regular basis often do so during the night, and most individuals are not necessarily aware that it is happening.
- You may experience a persistent and unexplained headache if you grind your teeth too often. You may not even realize why you have this headache, because you are not aware of the fact that you have been grinding your teeth during your sleep. Take note of any headaches that you have, and if you cannot attribute them to another source, then it could very well be as a result of nocturnal bruxism.
- Your jaw will more than likely become sore if you suffer from bruxism. If you wake up in the morning and have any discomfort in your jaw, you might have spent the night grinding your teeth.
- Restless sleep.
While many people associate their teeth grinding with stress, it actually is caused more often by crooked teeth, an overbite, or an under bite. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to a variety of complications, including dental injuries, hearing loss, the onset of TMD, or even some insomnia. The good news is that there are treatment options that are available and affordable!
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you already know the frustration of having a type of pain that is hard to deal with. Because tooth sensitivity is sometimes unpredictable, you can't necessarily take a medication to ward off the pain like you could if you just felt a headache coming on! However, there is still something you can do about sensitive teeth. Use the following tips to help put your sensitivity and pain problems with your teeth behind you!
- Use the Right Toothbrush. Select a toothbrush made just for sensitive teeth, or the sofest bristles possible. This helps you avoid putting any extra pressure on your teeth or gums.
- Choose a Special Toothpaste. There are several good options for toothpastes that are made just for sensitive teeth today. Usually, toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth will be fluoridated and use a non-abrasive formula. The toothpaste will help with the pain usually associated with brushing and flossing if you use it regularly.
- Avoid Trigger Foods. You may have noticed that certain trigger foods can cause tooth sensitivity and pain for you. Avoid these foods whenever possible, and if you absolutely must eat them, try to consume them in very small quantities. Trigger foods may include:
*Foods with high acid content for example citrus fruits
*Very hot or very cold foods
*Hard or crunchy foods