Tips To Prevent & Cure Gingivitis
Gingivitis can be prevented and even cured through proper and regular oral hygiene
that includes daily brushing and flossing.
My denist recommened a daily salt water rinse using warm water.
Prevention and Cure
The best way to prevent gingivitis is a program of good dental hygiene, one that you begin early and practice consistently throughout life. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day- in the morning and before going to bed. Flossing at least once a day is essential. Better yet, brushing after every meal or snack or as your dentist recommends. A complete cleaning with a toothbrush and floss should take three to five minutes. Flossing before you brush allows you to clean away the loosened food particles and bacteria. Finish with a bacteria-killing mouth wash such as listerine which will also leave you with fresh breath.
Follow these tips to keep your gums healthy:
- Choose the right toothbrush. Select a soft toothbrush- electric are fantastic. Avoid stiff or hard bristles as they are more likely to injure your gums. The size and shape of the brush should allow you to reach every tooth. Remember that only the tips of the brush do the cleaning so there's no need to exert extra pressure. Replace your brush every 3 to 4 months or even more often. If the bristles are splayed, you've waited too long.
Some dentists recommend electric toothbrushes with rotating or vibrating bristles because they may be more effective at removing plaque and maintaining healthy gum tissue than manual brushes are. And electric brushes may be especially helpful for people with arthritis, Parkinson's disease or other problems that affect dexterity.
- Brush as if your teeth depended on it. Brushing doesn't do much good if you don't do it correctly. Here's what works: To clean outer surfaces of your teeth and gums, use short, back-and-forth, and then up-and-down strokes. Use vertical strokes to clean inner surfaces. To clean the junction between your teeth and gums, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth.
- Floss. If you're like most people, this is the part of oral care you tend to ignore. It's true that flossing is a tedious job, which may be why most dentists say their patients don't floss regularly. There may be a good alternative for nonflossers. In separate studies published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and the American Journal of Dentistry , people who brushed, then rinsed their mouths with an antiseptic mouthwash showed the same improvements in gingivitis as people who brushed and flossed. Antiseptic mouthwashes work because they contain essential oils that get between teeth to kill germs that brushing misses. Still, most dentists say not to toss your floss. Mouthwash works best when combined with brushing and flossing.
And to make sure that all the effort you put into flossing is rewarded, be sure you do it correctly. Here's the drill: Use about 18 inches of waxed or unwaxed floss. Hold the floss taut and bent around each tooth in a C shape, scraping up and down each side of each tooth. Each stroke should go slightly below your gumline until you feel resistance. Flossing removes plaque between your teeth and helps massage your gums.
- Brushing action, it's the key- not the type of toothpaste. Some toothpastes claim to remove plaque and tartar or to kill the bacteria that cause plaque. The truth is that all toothpastes, including natural ones without additives of any kind, remove plaque if you brush properly. No product can remove tartar below your gumline, although anti-tartar or tartar control toothpastes can help prevent tartar from building up on your teeth.
- Finally complete your daily routine with a mouthwash. This combined with the previous steps aids in the elimination of bacteria and leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh.
- See your dentist. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, see your dentist or hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings.