First Aid

First Aid: Swollen And Bleeding Gums

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

A smile looks beautiful not only with perfect set of teeth but having natural pink gums add beauty to the smile. While taking care of your precious teeth, many of us neglect the importance of taking care of the gums.

Swelling and bleeding of gums are very common complains among many individuals. In many cases, swelling and bleeding gums are signs of gum infection. The treatment should not be ignored.

Causes

  • Lack of oral hygiene
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Smoking
  • Extremely hot or too cold food items
  • Improper plaque removal
  • Hormonal change
  • Vigorous brushing

Signs of swollen and bleeding gums

  • Painful gums
  • Sore gums
  • Redness
  • Shaky and loose tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Sensitive

First Aid Treatment

  • Gently apply some pressure over the gums with the help of cotton dipped in ice cold water.
  • Gargle with warm water by adding 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Rinse with warm salty water twice a day in order to reduce the swelling of gums.
  • One can also try gargling by adding lemon juice in warm water.
  • Take vitamin pills with the dentist’s consult.
  • Floss at least twice a day. Flossing helps to remove the food particles that settle between the teeth.
  • Massage your gums daily. Massaging of the gums enhances the blood circulation as well as soothes the surface and provides relief in case of swelling.
  • Visit your dentist once every six months.

Natural tips for healthy gums

  • Drink plenty of fresh water.
  • Avoid eating tobacco and smoking cigarettes.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal followed by massaging of gums.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits especially those rich in vitamin C.
  • Avoid eating snacks between the meals.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Rinsing with green tea extracts helps in reducing the swelling of gums.
  • Limit the intake of sweet food items.

Time to see the dentist

  • If the bleeding is severe.
  • Other unexplained signs are observed along with bleeding and swelling of gums.
  • Visit the dentist to reline the poorly fitted dentures.
  • See the dentist at least twice a year in order to clean the plaque and tartar.

Gums are the most sensitive part of the body. The strength of the gums determines the wellness of teeth. Maintaing proper oral hygiene goes long way in keeping your smile flashing lifetime.

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