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Important Tips for Preventing Gingivitis

Posted on 1/23/2016 by Dr. Wagle
A patients mouth suffering from gingivitis!Have you noticed that your gums are bleeding more than normal even with light brushing? Do they seem red and inflamed? If any of these characteristics seem familiar, you could be dealing with the early stages of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease, and fortunately, it is both treatable and preventable as long as you learn a few simple steps to incorporate into your daily routine:

•  Practice good brushing and flossing. You should brush at least twice a day and ensure that you are using proper technique. Flossing should occur at least once a day, and not just when something gets stuck between your teeth.
•  Replace your toothbrush. You should be replacing your toothbrush every three months. Trying to brush with frayed and worn down bristles won't do much to clean your teeth, so swap about your brush when it is starting to look a little beat up.
•  Use mouthwash. An antiseptic mouthwash can prevent gingivitis while also fighting plaque. Your dentist can help you to choose the right mouthwash.
•  Quit smoking. There are a wealth of negative side effects that come with smoking, including problems with your teeth and gums. Smoking makes you more susceptible to developing a severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis, which often results in tooth loss.
•  Eat well. Eating sugary foods will only fuel the bacteria in your mouth, as they'll release acids that will attack the enamel of the teeth. Choose healthy snacks and avoid candy and other junk food items with high starch and sugar content.
•  Get regular dental checkups. Be sure to visit your dentist every six months, as only your dentist or hygienist will be able to remove decay-causing tartar from your teeth.

While it is entirely possible to prevent gingivitis, this is a battle you need to fight continuously. Gingivitis may return or begin at any time, so keeping good oral hygiene practices is essential to maintaining healthy gums.

Please contact us today if you have any questions about preventing gingivitis.

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