Sometimes, you might have an oral issue that requires attention, but be unable to see a dentist right away. In this situation, try to do what you can at home to address the problem. In the case of a suspected gum infection, there are several actions you can take to find relief and prevent escalation of the condition.
Identify the first signs of gum disease. One of the first indicators is a change from light pink gums to puffy red ones. If you miss this sign, the next most likely one of bleeding during brushing or flossing will likely alert you to a present infection.
Continue brushing your teeth at least twice a day once a gum issue is known. Be careful not to push too hard while cleaning your teeth and mouth, and always use a soft bristled toothbrush.
Floss twice a day to help keep a gum infection from worsening. Again, take care to treat your mouth tenderly by not using too much force as you remove debris.
Rinse with a mouthwash that kills mouth bacteria. Choose a rinse that does not contain alcohol that will burn your sore gums. Also, rinse occasionally with warm salt water that will soothe and help your mouth to heal.
Eat a nutritious diet, and avoid foods that contain lots of sugar. Stay hydrated by sipping water throughout the day.
Take paracetamol or other over-the-counter medication for pain associated with gum issues.
Stop smoking. Tobacco use is especially harmful to your oral health and can escalate infection in your gums.
See your dentist as soon as you can – make your oral health a priority as neglect can lead to serious issues with your heart and other vital organs. Contact us for more information about care of teeth and gums.