A gum infection is an unpleasant but common problem in which a viral infection affects the tissue of the gums. Also sometimes called gum disease, this can result in a number of symptoms including potentially the loss of teeth. Fortunately, if you spot a gum infection early on there are various forms of treatment that can help you to overcome it – both home remedies and medication that will be prescribed by a dentist or doctor.
The symptoms of a gum infection vary depending on the nature of the infection. However there are some common signs that make it easy to spot.
The signs of gum infection are similar to any other kind of tissue infection but of course localised around the gums. This will result in discoloration and sensitivity. The gums may hurt or feel sensitive to touch, and they will likely bleed when brushed. Other signs might be continual bleeding and the appearance of becoming ‘long in the tooth’ as the gum is worn away and exposes more of the teeth. In other cases there may be a discharge or ‘ooze’ coming from the gums. Your teeth may eventually become lose and as the problem progresses they may even fall out. The top or bottom of the gums might be affected, or in some cases both. Halitosis is one more symptom of gum infection (bad breath).
If you suspect you have gum disease then it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible, and they will likely recommend some specific toothpastes etc. as well as giving you antibiotics in order to treat the infection. Make sure you continue to use the antibiotics for the entire course.
The problem with the dentist is that sometimes it can take a long time to get an appointment – which can leave you panicking if you suspect you might be about to lose your teeth.
The solution then is to use some home remedies to treat the problem as best you can. First of all this means getting a light toothbrush and brushing as gently as possible – otherwise you risk further aggravating the tissue.
At the same time you should use a mouthwash such as Corsodyl. This contains the active ingredient chlorhexidine digluconate which is an antibacterial agent which can help to kill off the bacteria causing the infection. If you can’t find Corsodyl then look for another mouthwash with that ingredient.
Alternatively instead of using mouthwash it can help to use water mixed with salt. This has antibacterial properties too and will help to kill the infestation. Simply mix a small amount of salt into a shot glass-worth of water and rinse this around your mouth before spitting out – do not swallow.