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Are You a Mouth Breather?  
5 Painless Steps to Healthy Gums 

For a mouth breather it is difficult to maintain healthy gums. Fragile gum tissue that is dried out night after night soon becomes inflamed and oh so sore and tender.

If you have sore and inflamed gums from breathing through your mouth at night, the normal reaction is "don't touch it."

Learn why that is the wrong idea and 5 steps to ease your gums gently back to health.

Ideally, finding a solution to mouth breathing at night would be the best solution, but in many cases it is not possible.

Here's how to know if you have this condition and how to deal with it.

First, identify the symptoms

Mouth breathers have a very common pattern of gum irritation in the front of their mouth.

It is seen more often on the palatal (inside) surface or the upper teeth but can also be found on lower front teeth.

These irritated gums look red, shiny and slightly swollen.

Since change happens gradually and this is typically a chronic  (constant) condition, it may be hard to visually recognize the symptoms.

mouth breather

Try the floss test...

you have to be brave because those gums are sore.

Using good flossing technique and making sure your floss extends under the gumline, try flossing your upper and lower front teeth.

If they bleed easily, you have gingivitis from mouth breathing.

Those with this condition find themselves stuck in an vicious cycle.

Gums that are so tender they don't want to touch them.

Yet in order to improve the health of their gums, gentle brushing, massaging and flossing is necessary.

Instead of being ignored....Sore gums from mouth breathing need extra attention to heal.

If your gums are sore, try these painless ideas and ease your way to healthier gums.    

1. Start the night squeaky clean ~ Don't skip brushing before bedtime. this is even more critical if you breath through your mouth.

2. Listerine ~ a 30 second swish after brushing will kill any stray bacteria that you might have missed. Be sure to swish around the front teeth.

3. Keep gums moist at night ~ Apply a thin layer of vaseline to your gums before going to sleep, using a humidifier will help.

After a week of the above routine your gums should be less sore. Now you are ready for the next steps...

mouth breather

4. Massage your gums After brushing at night spend a few minutes massaging your entire gumline.  Use enough pressure so that the bristles of your toothbrush spread out along your gum line.

Use a circular or short back and forth motion being careful not to scrub too hard. 

Do this each night for another week.


5. Add floss ~ using proper technique, floss your teeth. Before bedtime is best but anytime will do.

Your gums will bleed at first, but taking it slow and easy should make the process less painful and result in healthier gums.

Next ~ Gingivitis Symptoms

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