Relieving Red Inflamed Gums Following Dental Work

When dental work is performed on or near the gums, there is a chance of the patient’s gums becoming red and irritated. This is a fairly common problem, and it can cause the gums to look unnatural and a bit strange. The gums can get puffy or swollen, and the gums can also change to a bright red color, which can result in gums that look very unhealthy.

In dental terms, this is known as Biological Width Invasion. A first instinct to help make the gums better is to try brushing or flossing the area, but these will unfortunately not improve the issue and can cause the gums to bleed. While the condition is painless, it can cause slight gum bleeding even when following proper oral hygiene.

Causes of Biological Width Invasion

Biological Width Invasion will often happen when a dental restoration is done too deeply such as a deep cavity, or if the cavity filled dips below the gum line. The body wants to reposition the tooth that has been affected by a dental procedure, causing a constant state of unrest that cannot be resolved unless something is done to the gum and/or the bone above or below the gum.

Dental Treatments to Relieve Gum Irritation

A common procedure performed to heal the gums is called crown lengthening. The bone, and usually the gums as well, is repositioned a little further from the dental restoration. This creates a normal relationship between the two. It will resolve the unhealthy inflammation and appearance and lead to better oral health. If you are unsure if you may have Biological Width Invasion, don’t take a chance and give our Calgary office a call today!

Developing a Good Dental Routine

We’re sure that everyone has heard how important a good dental routine can be for achieving optimal oral health. However, a good dental routine can also prevent certain health complications overall. Newer research has shown that poor dental hygiene habits can contribute to heart disease, diabetes complications, and even gastrointestinal problems. So how exactly can you develop a good dental routine to prevent these issues from happening in the first place?

Brushing

When it comes to brushing those pearly whites, you should be doing it a minimum of twice a day. When brushing be sure not to brush too hard; this can actually wear away enamel. Make sure you also buy a soft-bristled toothbrush as hard bristles can damage enamel as well.

Toothbrush Care

And speaking of toothbrushes, when is the last time you replaced it? If the answer isn’t in the last 3-4 months, you should probably pick one up next time you are at the store! As you use a toothbrush, they will become frayed and worn, making them less effective. Bacteria also begins to grow on the toothbrush, making it not very sanitary. You should also be sure to always store your brush in a place with good air circulation; dark and warm containers and cabinets can promote bacteria growth.

Flossing

You should also make sure that flossing is part of your daily routine. A toothbrush cannot reach every surface of your tooth; the areas in between often have debris and bacteria that only dental floss can reach. If you prefer something easy, they even make floss picks which can be disposed of after use and help you reach those back teeth!

Professional Dental Care

Along with a proper at-home dental routine, routine professional dental care is also essential for optimal oral health. Be sure to schedule routine oral examinations and dental cleanings so that a professional can evaluate your teeth, discuss necessary treatments and use specialized tools to remove any plaque and tartar you may have missed.