Do you see a little bit of blood in your sink after brush your teeth today? That blood loss can be one of the first notice signs that you have gum disease.
The mild variant is called Gingivitis. If you have that, only your gums are infected. However, if you do not treat it, the infection can move to your bone under your gum line. After that, it becomes a more severe form of gum disease called periodontitis.
Both Gingivitis and periodontitis have shown that it increases your risk of things like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, pneumonia, and cancer. Early detection is therefore of great importance.
How Do You Recognize The Symptoms?
You can discover the problem in time if you know what to look out for. Known symptoms are:
Red, swollen gums: that is one of the first signs that your gum needs attention. Gum disease usually begins with inflammation along the gumline. Your gums may also feel soft or sore and bleed easily when you floss or brush.
Bad breath: your mouth is a nice, warm and wet house for millions of bacteria. They feed on the plaque, so the more you have, the bigger the buffet. But bacteria release toxins that can irritate the gums and teeth and have a foul odor.
Do Gums Regrow?
Gums that get smaller: if your teeth look longer than they used to, the chances are that they do not grow – but that your gums shrink! When bone begins to break down, the gums begin to separate from the tooth, creating a so-called pocket.
Therapy To Regrow Receding Gum Line
The primary goal is to keep your infection under control. Your dentist will always have to make an extensive diagnosis first to determine what exactly needs to be done. This can be:
Deep cleansing: the first treatment for gum disease is a careful and thorough cleaning. In contrast to normal cleaning, which is usually performed only above the gumline, the deep cleaning goes under the gum line. This treatment is often performed by a dental hygienist with special instruments.
Your dentist or dental hygienist can also do something called scaling. That is scraping tartar, both above and below your gumline. Another method is something that is called root planing. That is when the rough surfaces of the roots of your teeth are smoothed out. It helps to fix the gums back to your tooth.
Both methods usually cost more than one visit to the dentist or dental hygienist (e).
Medication: Unfortunately no magic pill or cream can cure gum disease. Nevertheless, your dentist can prescribe medication as part of your treatment. Options include:
Antiseptic chips or antibiotic microspheres: these small gels or particles are placed in the pockets of your gums and slowly release medication to make the pocket smaller and remove bacteria.
Antibiotic gel: after a thorough cleaning, this is spread on the tooth pockets to keep the infection under control.
Enzyme-inhibiting agent: This is usually a tablet that is taken after a thorough cleaning to block certain enzymes in your mouth against the breakdown of gum tissue.
Oral antibiotics: for more serious infections, you can swallow these capsules or tablets.
Your dentist can also recommend antimicrobial mouthwash. You rinse your mouth here as part of your daily cleaning routine to reduce control over bacteria. It is available both on prescription and without a prescription.
Surgery To Regrow Receding Gums
If deep cleaning cannot solve the whole problem, perhaps more intensive treatment is needed to solve the problem. Your dentist can then recommend:
Gum surgery: a surgeon takes tissue from another part of your mouth (such as your palate) and covers all exposed tooth roots to prevent bone loss or decay and to help sensitive teeth.
Flap surgery: your gums are lifted so that the surgeon can get deep into your gum line at the tartar. After that, she will fix your gums back in place so that it is tight around the tooth to help prevent more tartar forming.
With a timely discovery, hopefully, it does not have to get that far! When in hesitation, it is always advisable to ask advice from a specialist.
Healthy Gums And Smoking Do Not Go Together
Smoking is unhealthy, everyone knows, but the consequences do not stop with lung and heart problems. The tar and nicotine are harmful to the tissues with which it comes into contact, but the nicotine also affects the entire body. The nicotine causes the blood vessels to narrow, and the immune cells can no longer reach the tissues. The gums also have much less blood flow. The bacteria in the mouth, therefore, have free play. (Light) Inflamed gums and smoking is, therefore, a very harmful combination. Smokers hardly suffer from swelling, redness and other inflammatory symptoms because the body does not defend itself against the bacterial invaders. The damage is therefore considerable, the breakdown of gums and jawbone goes all the faster and also invisible.
Tips To Treat Gum Disease Receding Gums
Gum disease is an inflammatory reaction of the gums or the gingiva. For that reason, inflamed gums are also called gingivitis. Gum disease is caused by plaque, tartar, and bacteria accumulating around the teeth and choosing and nesting on the edges of your gums. This creates so-called “pockets” and eventually a bacterial infection of the gums. In this article, you can read how to treat and prevent gum disease!
Symptoms Of Gingivitis
Gingivitis, or inflamed gums, cause a variety of gum problems. First of all, your gums will become softer, more sensitive and darker in color. The main symptoms of gum disease are as follows:
- Pain ( sore gums )
- Irritation (irritated gums)
- Redness ( red gums )
- Retraction ( Receding gums )
- Bleeding (bleeding gums)
- Swelling (swollen or swollen gums)
- Fistulas, vesicles, abscesses, and ulcers
The longer gingivitis persists, the worse the symptoms and symptoms of the gum disease become. And the greater the chance of long-lasting damage!
Causes Of Gum Disease
The edges of healthy gums are almost seamlessly connected to your teeth. However, plaque, tartar, and bacteria can cause your gums to become irritated, creating space between your tooth neck and gums. A decent gap is also called a “pocket.”
Bacteria accumulate in the pocket of your gums, causing your gums to get infected and retreat. The bacteria that form plaque and nestle behind your gums, you get mainly through your food. A gum disease, therefore, develops in the vast majority of cases due to inadequate oral hygiene.
- Insufficient tooth brushing
- Wrong cleaning (too hard, wrong direction, etc.)
- Skip your gums with oral care
- Do not floss & do not scrape the tongue
- Inadequate dental visit
Note: gum disease can also be caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to certain oral care products (preservatives etc.), certain medications (anticonvulsants, etc.) and certain health conditions (diabetes mellitus and others).
The further your gums recede, and the more severe the gum disease becomes, the easier it is for new bacteria to accumulate in and behind the gums. Thus, gingivitis can take on dangerous forms. Advanced gum disease is also called periodontal Disease.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infectious disease that develops as inflamed gums or gingivitis takes on serious forms. In case of periodontitis, not only the gums are inflamed. The bacterial gum infection turns over to the support tissue of your teeth or ‘gum’:
Root tissue (connective tissue & ligaments)
Dental greenhouse/dental reef
Note: periodontitis in your jawbone can even result in loss of teeth and molars!
Prevent Gum Disease Receding Gums
Many bacteria cause gingivitis; specific, aggressive bacteria cause periodontitis. The occurrence of gum disease is, therefore, the removal and killing of bacteria in your oral cavity. This way you can prevent inflamed gums by:
- Brush teeth with antibacterial toothpaste
- Antibacterial mouthwash use
- Active, antibacterial substances are: chlorhexidine, triclosan & alcohol
- Gums strengthening toothpaste (with mineral salts)
- If necessary, have tartar removed
- Gently ” massage ” gums with a toothbrush
- Teeth daily flossing with floss or tooth support
- Scrape tongue with tongue cleaner or tongue scraper
- Also important is learning a good brushing technique and using a soft toothbrush!
Regrow Receding Gums Naturally
If you want to remedy inflamed gums, you are actually already too late. This is because gums that have withdrawn do not or hardly ever return.
Gum disease must nevertheless be treated as quickly as possible to prevent serious complications. The treatment of mild gingivitis (gingivitis) usually consists of cleaning the gums by a dentist and/or the patient himself. However, the treatment of severe gum disease (periodontitis) consists of a number of intensive steps:
How To Regrow Gum Line?
- Determine and record mouth examination and ignited locations
- Thoroughly clean areas in the gums (“pockets”)
- If necessary, cutting away heavily inflamed gums
- Remove any abscesses & remove pus
- Smoothing leftover gums
- Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed for gum disease
- In jawbone, inflammation is usually surgery needed
Finally, the patient should apply extra good oral hygiene care at home in order to prevent the return of the gum disease.
Swollen Gums And Smoking
The gum disease is thus masked, and that makes the diagnosis more difficult. Quitting smoking gives effect after two to six weeks. Then the blood vessels can recover, dilate again and the immune cells can reach the inflamed gums again. This does give the effect that ex-smokers ‘suddenly’ suffer from bleeding gums, redness and swelling. This is not because the gum is suddenly ignited after stopping smoking, but because the smoking can finally react to the bacteria by stopping smoking! So after stopping smoking, go to the dental hygienist.
Do Inflamed Gums Lead To Lose Teeth Faster?
Because the defense against inflammation is much less with inflamed gums and smoking also affects that the inflammation is not visible, a smoker will have much bigger problems. Faster bone destruction, too late treatment and a poorer post-treatment cure mean that smokers lose their teeth faster than non-smokers.
Do you want healthy gums and smoking? Sorry, but that does not go together. Let this motivate you to stop smoking really!
Mouth Cancer And Smoking
Cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat or gums and smoking have a direct connection. Smokers have up to four times the risk of oral cancer, in addition to the risks of other forms of cancer, such as lung cancer. The biggest cause of oral cancer is by far the smoking of tobacco. The use of alcohol makes the risk of oral cancer even greater.