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Holes in Your Gums

Tal Lewinger - Friday, June 02, 2017

Holes in your gums are more often than not a sign of gum disease, and should you find them in your gum line it is highly recommended that you visit a dentist as soon as possible. The main cause of holes in the gum is Gingivitis, which is caused by bacteria beneath the tissue that, when combined with mucus and food, can lead to a plaque on the tooth - and later tartar.


This buildup of bacteria has the nasty side effect of irritating and eating away at the soft gum tissue, receding the gum line and forming the small holes in the gum, before the bacteria begins to eat away at the tooth beneath. This will often be associated with bleeding gums, bad breath, loose or wobbly teeth, unpleasant tastes in your mouth and a general feeling of discomfort. In time, these symptoms will advance into periodontal disease and you may find the holes in your gum form painful ulcers, difficulty swallowing, high fever and even an increased risk of heart disease.


The best way to prevent these holes in the gum is, of course, regular and consistent brushing of the teeth. However, should these holes in the gum begin to form it may be important to include some more drastic measures in your daily oral hygiene routine.


1.Switch to a more healthy diet


Switching from carbonated drinks to water is generally good advice, but also consuming more non-acidic fruit will go a long way to improving the quality of your teeth. Strawberries, apples, grapes and raisins are also proven to improve oral hygiene and you will soon see the holes in your gum begin to disappear.

Also, cut out the smoking. It’s really very bad for you.


2. Floss and Mouthwash


Removing the bacteria from your gums is vital at this stage. Add a minute or two of mouthwash to your routine and be sure to floss at least once a day - this should help clear out the bacteria in the areas you struggle to brush and help shift any plaque that has built up.


3. Consider upgrading your toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are fairly inexpensive these days, and many will help you reach the gum line and clean out those holes in your gum. However, if you prefer a manual toothbrush there are plenty of options to help improve your gum health. Do some research and also consider a higher fluoride toothpaste, as this will help reduce the risk of tooth decay.


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