Many people suffer from swollen gums but don’t know the cause or how to resolve the problem. Most often, swollen, painful gums are caused by gum disease or poor oral hygiene habits. In either case, taking a close look at your oral hygiene habits is likely to help you quickly get your gums back into good shape.
Reducing Swollen, Painful Gums with an Oral Hygiene Makeover
While oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing are important, sometimes doing these tasks the wrong way can have a negative impact on your oral health. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether or not you need an oral hygiene makeover.
- Look closely at your toothbrush. Are the bristles splayed out in every direction? If so, chances are you are brushing too hard or you are not replacing your toothbrush often enough. Brushing too hard can damage the enamel and lead to gum problems. Try brushing with less force and change your brush every 3 months or as soon as the bristles look worn.
- Do your gums bleed when you floss? If so, you may have gum disease, or you may just not be flossing properly. Be gentle when flossing by carefully sliding the floss in between each and every tooth to avoid swollen, painful gums. (1)
In most cases, taking these steps will help get your gums and teeth in great condition If you follow these recommendations and brush and floss every day but still experience swollen, painful gums, you should consult with a dental professional.