Published: 01/13/2015 - Updated: 05/18/2018
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
If you’re not used to flossing daily between brushing, it’s time you considered it. We don’t want to cause any alarm, but we do want to be preventive. Specialists indicate that brushing does not reach far areas between teeth and gums. That’s where bacteria can become lodged, inflaming gums, even causing them to bleed. This then contaminates your blood, which flows through your blood, reaching the heart.
How does bacteria harm my gums?
The problem is caused by bacteria that hides in the gums and eats at the bone. Teeth then loosen up, causing the gums to bleed. This bacteria mixes with blood, and reaches the heart.
Usually, people don’t pay any attention to gum problems, not even when they’re bleeding.
This could be indicative of oral problems, however, so pay attention. It’s better to prevent than to treat.
If you are experiencing gum pain, if they’re red, you notice separation between your teeth, or even if a few teeth can move, you have bad breath and blood gums, it’s important that you see a dentist.
Through an examination, a specialist will measure the size of the sockets, also known as inflammation of the gums, which is the space that forms between the gums and teeth. The maximum that one should have is between 2 and 3 mm. If the space is greater, it could signify that bacteria is developing.
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Generally, to fight this bacteria, the doctor will recommend brushing twice a day, using dental floss, as well as taking vitamin supplements of a special compound known as coenzyme 10. However, even if you are still not suffering from bloody gums, it is vitally important that you utilize good dental hygiene, flossing daily. A trusted dentist will indicate numbers and characteristics to keep in mind.
How to use Dental Floss
You should brush for 2 to 3 minutes with toothpaste that contains fluoride. It’s easy, just read the back side of the product’s box. But be careful, make sure to brush along the edge of your gums. Then floss daily to eliminate plaque from areas that brushing does not easily reach.
Another tip is to use mouth wash to reduce up to 20% plaque. You should also follow a healthy diet that contains essential nutrients, like vitamins A and C.
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If you are currently undergoing treatment, it would be a good idea to give up smoking. Tobacco is not a good ally for gum inflamation.
If you follow this treatment to a “T”, it is quite likely that you’ll put an end to your problem. If the pain continues, see your doctor. Remember, you need to follow through with all your routine checkups.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 05/18/2018
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