Gum infection: Causes and symptoms
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*.
When your mouth doesn’t get the attention it needs to stay healthy, gum infections can be a painful result. The importance of good oral care is never more evident than with the appearance of dental problems, 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.
No matter the reason for a gum infection, it is important to take action as soon as possible.
The causes of gum infections
A gum infection often starts as a gum abscess, a bacterial infection. The cause of such dental infections is often directly related to a lack of oral hygiene and regular dental care. No matter the reason for dental infections, it is important to take action as soon as possible. A gum infection can quickly spread from a tooth to the surrounding gums and facial bones, 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.
Gum infection: Treatment options
As a dental infection is caused by bacteria invading the dental cavity, professional help or treatment are necessary. Visit your dentist for more advice on how to treat a gum infection. In the meantime, cold packings and painkillers can provide temporary pain relief.
Goodbye gum infections: Prevention is key
In an ideal world, we could avoid gum infections altogether. That’s easier said than done. But here are some tips to help you practice good oral hygiene and prevent dental infections 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.
Now that you know dental infections can be the direct result of poor oral health, you have the power to prevent them. Try Zendium toothpaste which contains the same enzymes and proteins that are present in the mouth, and is clinically proven to fight the causes of gum bleeding and inflammation, giving you healthier 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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* 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.