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Can You Treat Gum Disease At Home?


Posted on 8/7/2023 by SRD Florence
Can You Treat Gum Disease At Home?Gum disease (periodontal disease) can ruin your oral health. Its early symptoms are bleeding and swollen gums. However, these signs do not always indicate gum disease. Things such as brushing too hard can make your gums bleed. In this case, consulting a dentist is vital to determine the cause of the symptoms. In severe cases of periodontal disease, a dentist may recommend a deep cleaning, pocket reduction surgery, or gum graft. In minor cases, you can treat this oral issue at home through practices such as:

Daily Brushing and Flossing


Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontal disease. Lack of proper brushing and flossing makes plaque buildup between the gums and the teeth. The more plaque accumulates, the more your gums will likely become inflamed and bleed easily. These are the early signs of gum disease, and you can reverse them by improving your oral care hygiene. This may involve taking measures such as brushing twice daily and flossing at least once. You may also need to consider a toothpaste that contains anti-gingivitis ingredients that target plaque bacteria.

Use Of Antibacterial Mouthwash


Sometimes, your toothbrush may not clean every corner of your mouth. For instance, places below your gums are difficult to clean with a toothbrush. Luckily, mouthwash can perform the job better. Antibacterial mouthwash helps to kill harmful bacteria in the mouth. Hence, it is a good way to reverse gingivitis.

Eating a Well-Balanced Diet


A diet low in water and high in sugar is a leading cause of gum disease. When you ignore water, you will likely suffer from a dry mouth, which increases the number of bacteria and plaque. Sugary items are also the reason for plaque buildup in the mouth. When bacteria grow in the mouth, more plaque will accumulate, causing more damage to your gums. In this case, you may need to watch your diet.

Drinking more water and limiting sugar and carbohydrate intake is a good idea. In addition, consuming more vitamin C can help to treat gingivitis. Vitamin C is vital in boosting the immune system, which helps fight bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment with our professionals today and learn more about gum disease.


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