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Gum inflammation: A silent enemy in the oral cavity

The gums, often overlooked and underestimated, play a crucial role in your dental health. But what happens when they become inflamed? Gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, is a common problem that affects many people. But with good oral hygiene and some proven home remedies, you can counteract it.

Andrea Seraina Author
Andrea Seraina
Dental Content Specialist
21.08.20236 min. reading time
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Causes of gingivitis

The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Bacteria accumulate in the spaces between the teeth and on the teeth, forming plaque. This plaque can spread to the gum edges and cause inflammation. If this plaque buildup is not removed regularly, it can harden and become tartar, which can damage the periodontium. But mechanical irritation, such as brushing too hard with hard bristles or improper flossing, can also injure the gums and cause redness and gum swelling. As the condition progresses, it can lead to an abscess or even affect the blood flow to the gums.

It's also important to note that certain diseases such as diabetes mellitus or a weakened immune system can increase the risk of gingivitis. Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy or puberty, can also increase the risk. Caries is another factor that can lead to gum problems. Moreover, a deficiency in calcium can weaken the teeth, making them more susceptible to issues.

Recognise symptoms

Typical signs of gingivitis are swollen gums, bleeding gums, or bad breath. If gingivitis is advanced, gum pockets may form, and the necks of the teeth may be exposed. It's crucial to recognize and treat these symptoms early to avoid more serious problems such as periodontitis, which can lead to severe damage to the gums and jawbone and even tooth loss. Acute gingivitis can occur suddenly, while chronic gingivitis persists over a long period and is often the result of inflammation of the periodontium or periodontal disease.

Home remedy for gingivitis

There are a number of home remedies that can help with gingivitis:

  • Salt water rinses: Salt has a disinfectant effect and can relieve inflammation. A rinse with warm water and a pinch of salt can help reduce bacteria in the mouth and promote healing of inflamed gums.
  • Chamomile tea: The ingredients have an anti-inflammatory effect. Gargling with chamomile tea can have a soothing effect and reduce the redness and swelling of the gums.
  • Sage: It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. An infusion of sage leaves can be used as a mouthwash to soothe inflammation and cleanse the mouth.
  • Coconut oil: It helps fight bacteria in the mouth and can be used as an oil pulling cure. Oil pulling with coconut oil can help to draw toxins out of the mouth and ensure healthy gums.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Thanks to its antibacterial properties, it can help balance the pH level in the mouth and fight bacteria. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water can be used as a mouthwash.

It's important to note that although these home remedies can help relieve symptoms, they are only suitable as an addition to your dental care routine and do not replace regular brushing and flossing. For those with dentures, maintaining gum health is equally crucial, as inflammation can lead to discomfort and an improper fit.

Prevention is the key

To prevent inflammation of the gums, thorough oral hygiene is essential. This includes:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day: For optimal results, we recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush and APLINE WHITE Anti-Plaque Whitening Toothpaste. This specially developed toothpaste contains fluoridnatural active ingredients that not only effectively remove plaque but also significantly reduce the risk of tooth and gum disease. A bright smile and healthy teeth start with the right dental care.
  • Regular professional dental cleanings: You are in the best of hands at our studio. Our qualified dental hygienists take the time to carefully check your oral health, create a customized oral hygiene program based on your individual needs, and ensure that every corner of your teeth is cleared of plaque. A regular visit guarantees you long-lasting oral health and is a staple in good dentistry practices.
  • Use dental floss or interdental brushes: Cleaning the interdental spaces is an often neglected but crucial step in oral care. By flossing or using interdental brushes, you can remove food particles and plaque from these hard-to-reach areas, further reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Regular Oral Health Checkups: It's not only important to take care of your teeth at home but also to have regular check-ups. These checkups help identify potential problems early and take appropriate action before they become major health challenges. A proactive approach is the key to lasting oral health and maintaining gum health.
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The role of nutrition

A diet high in sugar can increase the risk of gingivitis. Sugar promotes the growth of bacteria in the mouth that form plaque. These bacteria produce metabolites that can damage the gums. A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help keep gums healthy. In particular, a vitamin C deficiency can lead to gum problems, as this vitamin is essential for the health of the gums and oral mucosa. It is therefore important to include foods such as citrus fruits, berries and green leafy vegetables in the diet to ensure adequate levels of vitamin C and reduce the risk of gum problems.

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