Gum disease makes your gums sore and extra sensitive, which can render the act of using a toothbrush especially frightening. However, this shouldn’t discourage you from maintaining good dental hygiene, says family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD. As long as you have the right tools, you can clean your teeth and help your gums recover effectively and comfortably.
Consider using the following tools if you’re suffering from gum disease:
Toothbrush with soft bristles
Because infected gums can be delicate, using a toothbrush with hard bristles can be painful. For this reason, you should switch to toothbrushes with soft or exceptionally fine bristles. These will be gentler on your gums, allowing you to avoid irritating them. Just make sure to replace such toothbrushes often, as even soft bristles grow stiff with age and constant use.
Take note that applying too much pressure when you’re brushing your teeth using a hard-bristled toothbrush can make your gums sore whether or not you have gum disease, so it helps to learn how to use a softer, gentler touch.
Electric toothbrushes often come with removable heads, allowing you to customize these tools so that they’re gentler on your gums. They’re a great option for anyone afraid of being too rough on their teeth and gums.
Water flosser + dental floss
The water flosser is a small device that sprays your teeth and gums with gentle, steady streams of water. Use it in combination with dental floss to ensure your teeth stay clean.
Because mouthwash kills the harmful bacteria in your mouth, it’s effective at preventing and healing gum disease and tooth decay. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, however, gargling the liquid can be painful, so make sure to use alcohol-free mouthwash.
While having the right set of tools certainly helps, infected gums must get treated by a dentist. Whether mild (gingivitis) or severe (periodontitis), unchecked gum disease can adversely affect your quality of life. It may even end up having an impact on your overall health, as gum disease has been observed to increase the risk of a variety of health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
From gum disease to tooth decay, your family dentist at Audubon Dental Center can treat any oral health issue you may have. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via our website or at (301) 856-1122. And please browse our list of services to see how else we can be of assistance to you!