Managing Gum Infections

Did you know? Gum problems are the biggest dental concern in France. 21% of the population chose gum health over teeth whitening and mouth sensitivity as the element of oral health they were most concerned about.

What is an abscess?

When your mouth isn’t given the attention it needs to stay healthy, gum abscesses can result. The importance of good oral care is never more evident than with the appearance of gum infections, which are uncomfortable and require professional treatment. To better understand how to manage this ailment, read on to learn about the causes and symptoms of a gum infection.

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A gum abscess starts out as a bacterial infection. Often the cause of a gum infection is directly related to a lack of oral hygiene and regular dental care. No matter the reason for a dental infection of this nature, it is important to take action as soon as possible. A gum infection can quickly spread from a tooth to the surrounding gums and bones of your face and neck, resulting in a dental abscess.

Abscesses cause throbbing pain and can be uncomfortable to say the least. An abscess usually appears as a pocket of pus that puts undue pressure on teeth and gums, so managing this pain is paramount.

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No matter the reason for a gum infection of this nature, it is important to take action as soon as possible.

Symptoms of gum infections

If you suspect you have a developing gum infection, you can expect pain, swelling, and redness on and around the offending area. See a doctor immediately for a suitable gum infection treatment. If the infection is allowed to develop, you may also experience nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. You may have trouble opening your mouth or swallowing in addition to the visible symptoms.

Remember: Gum abscess treatment requires professional care. You cannot treat an infection or abscess on your own. A dental professional will be able to provide you with the expert help you need to recover and resume control of your oral health.

Modes of prevention

In an ideal world, we could avoid gum infections altogether. This isn’t always possible, so here are some tips to help you practice good oral hygiene and prevent gum abscesses happening in the future:

  • Maintain a good oral health routine: brush and floss daily, with a gentle and mild toothpaste specially developed for people with gum problems, like Zendium BioGum.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Routine dental checks can help spot a potential problem before it has time to develop into something more severe.
  • See a dentist at the first sign of tooth decay. Soreness or discomfort when you’re eating shouldn’t be ignored. Untreated cavities can develop into far more painful abscesses.
  • Avoid tobacco in all forms, and cut back on alcohol consumption – both of these habits could be potential causes of gum infections. Besides, they’re good suggestions for your health in general.

The key to dental health is no secret: regular upkeep, and a visit to the dentist regularly. Now that you know gum infections can be the direct result of poor oral health, you have the power to prevent them. Try Zendium toothpaste. It contains the same enzymes and proteins as the mouth, and is clinically proven to fight the causes of gum bleeding and inflammation, giving you healthy gums** and a more resilient mouth, naturally. And most importantly, if you find yourself in need of a gum infection treatment, go to the dentist as soon as possible.

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For more information on gum pain, click here.

*Based on research with in which 2,449 people, representative of the French population, were asked about their oral hygiene. Research conducted by TNS in 2014.
**Based on results in 113 people who used Zendium, in a gum health clinical study, UK 2017.

  • The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes. We recommend that you consult your dentist if you are experiencing any gum problems.

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