If you have a mild case of a gum abscess, you may notice bleeding from the gums on brushing or even on eating, these symptoms can normally be 'reversed' by maintaining good oral hygiene. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss or use interdental brushes daily. This is because the cause of a periodontal abscess is plaque that regrows daily and swollen gums. The area of gums not covered by brushing daily if it was on your forearm would cover an area the size of the palm of your hand.
If it is necessary, a dentist or hygienist can give your mouth a professional cleaning and remove tartar from the teeth. Also, your dentist or hygienist can advise you on how to effectively clean your teeth in order to prevent plaque from building up in the future.
What you can do to treat gum disease?
The best way to treat gum disease is to always practice good oral hygiene at home. This involves:
- Brushing your teeth for between 2-3 minutes twice a day (once in the morning and a second time at night before you go to bed)
- Using an electric toothbrush if possible (a soft toothbrush so that they will not hurt your gums)
- Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride (fluoride is a natural mineral that protects against tooth decay)
- Flossing your teeth regularly (recommended daily)
- Not smoking
- Visiting your dentist about every six months
- Use a Mouthwash
It is recommended that you use mouthwash and rinse to help control the build-up of plaque. This is important because plaque contains some bad bacteria which irritates the gums making them sore resulting in gum disease. A high density of plaque grows on the tongue, it is not affected by brushing and interdental cleaning. This plaque can be countered by mouthwash and tongue cleaning. Your dentist will be able to recommend the type of mouthwash that you should be using, how to use it, and tongue cleaning.
What are the treatments for treating Gum Disease?
The following Gum Abscess Treatment may be used to treat gingivitis, periodontists, and ANUG:
- Scale and polishing - this professional clean carried out by a dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar
- Root planing - some cases of gingivitis or periodontitis may require root planing which is a deep clean under the gums to get rid of any bacteria that is underneath your teeth.
- Periodontal surgery - If the gum disease becomes severe then it is necessary to remove an affected tooth. You need to seek an emergency dentist.
What complications an untreated gum disease can provide?
If gum disease left untreated it can provide further complications:
- loss of teeth
- receding gums
- loose feeling teeth
- collections of pus that are very painful
- damage to the periodontal ligament means the tissue that connects your tooth to its gum socket
If you have any gum disease you should visit your dentist near me. However, in order to prevent getting the disease, you should maintain good dental health and hygiene.