Where There Is No Dentist 2012
SORE BLEEDING GUMS
Healthy gums fit tightly around the teeth. Gums are infected if they are
loose, sore, and red, and if they bleed when the teeth are cleaned. Infection
in the gums is called gum disease.
Gum disease, like tooth decay, happens when acid touches the teeth and
gums. This acid is made when sweet and soft foods mix with germs (see
HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS
CAVITIES AND GUM DISEASE
Infection from gum disease can spread into the root fibers and bone (see
page 42). But you can stop gum disease and prevent it from coming
back. There are two things to do: clean your teeth better and strengthen
1. Even if your gums are sore and they bleed, you must still clean the
teeth beside them. If more food collects on the teeth, the gum
infection will get even worse. Get a soft brush and use it gently. This
way you will not hurt the gums when you clean.
2. To make your gums stronger and more able to fight the infection:
• Eat more fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables, and fewer soft
sticky foods from the store.
• Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Do this every day, even
after your gums feel better.
(1) Mix some salt with a cup of warm water. (2) Take a mouthful and
rinse. (3) Spit it out. Repeat until all of the salt water is finished.