Author: Lizzie Smith – blog last updated on Tuesday 5th September 2023
If you suffer from gum disease, it’s essential to treat it immediately. Gingivitis (inflamed gums) usually occurs as a result of dental plaque. The gums are red and irritated; they may also be swollen, painful, and bleed when touched.
If gingivitis isn’t treated, the infection can progress to periodontal disease. At this stage, you should consult your dentist. This is because periodontal disease spreads to the deeper tissues and can eventually even affect bone tissue, leading to bone breakdown, loose teeth and molars, and ultimately them falling out.
Even in the early stages of gingivitis, the proliferation of bacteria causes pain and bad breath. Furthermore, inflammations in your mouth are highly detrimental to your overall health.
So, take action today! Brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes is given. But you’ll have to do more than that to remedy inflamed gums.
Here are some top tips to help you:
1. Take a critical look at the ingredients of your toothpaste and mouthwash
Many toothpastes contain ingredients that affect the natural balance in the oral cavity, dry out the oral mucosa and increase the acidity in the mouth. So, choose an effective yet mouth-friendly toothpaste such as RyttPro Toothpaste Magic Mint. The powerful OZ-3X formula fights harmful bacteria but leaves the oral flora intact and neutralises the acidity in the mouth.
Rinsing your mouth after brushing and flossing is a good idea. You can rinse away the last plaque remnants with mouthwash and reach the smallest corners and spots. Your mouthwash’s ingredients are also crucial, so opt for the mouth-friendly but effective RyttPro Oral Rinse.
2. Remove tartar yourself or have it done by a dental professional
Plaque that you don’t remove hardens into tartar. Because tartar is porous, more plaque can remain, leading to inflamed gums. For a fresh start, you need to remove the tartar from your teeth.
You can remove the visible (supra-gingival) tartar yourself. But don’t mess around with acids like vinegar and lemon juice. Whilst they make tartar porous and easier to remove, acids also attack your tooth enamel.
Removing the sub-gingival tartar under your gums should be left to a dentist or dental hygienist. However, with the right tools, you can remove the visible tartar yourself.
The Moist-R Whitening Sponge is a soft sponge that makes it impossible to damage your gums. The sponge cleans your tooth enamel at an intense level, thanks to the absorption capacity of nanoparticles. When they come into contact with water, these become nano-capillary tubes, which have an even greater absorption capacity to remove contaminants from your teeth. If you have hard, stuck-on tartar, you’ll need to use the sponge more intensively.
A dental bracket is a more traditional dental instrument that requires a steady hand, just like your dentist. If you have one, the Profi Dental Hook can serve you well. It’s a complete set of two stainless steel dental brackets and a non-fogging mouth mirror.
3. Clean your tooth and molars on all sides
Brushing your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes is obvious, but the technique is also important. For example, the border between your teeth and gums is a notorious place where plaque collects and where it comes into direct contact with your gums. You should place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth when you brush. Brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of all teeth. Remember the backs of your back molars.
Then there are the interdental spaces – the places between your teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. You should clean these areas daily with dental floss, toothpicks and/or interdental brushes.
If necessary, ask your dentist or dental hygienist for guidance.