Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, usually caused by poor dental hygeine. It causes pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods and bleeding from the margins of the gums. Beside the build up of plaqye there is bacterial infection. Antibiotics may help to reduce infection, but good dental hygeine is needed to prevent recurrence.
Regular brushing (at least twice daily) and interdental brushing and flossing will help. Use warm sage tea as a mouthwash to help heal gums.
Chew your food thoroughly as this stimulates circulation to the gums and helps reduce plaque. Eat raw apples, pears, celery and carrots to boost vitamin C intake.
Choose xylitol as an alternative to sugar. It has protective properties for the gums and can be found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes and chewing gum.
- Gingivitis explained
- Correct brushing