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Aug
9

3 Essential Tools for Fighting Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

It can be a little scary to think of the effects that advanced gum disease can have on your smile. With the help of your local dental team and some helpful tools at home, you can still put up a successful fight against gum disease!

Soft Toothbrush

Don’t underestimate the power of a good brush! A soft-bristled toothbrush will help you to remove plaque from sensitive and inflamed gums. You may have to brush more than twice a day to control plaque growth. Using a soft brush is better for your gums and will clean more efficiently. Gum disease can make gums recede, and scrubbing with a hard-bristled toothbrush will only make it worse.

Floss

Daily flossing is a must when battling periodontal disease. Don’t skip a single day! Flossing removes bacteria between teeth and below the gum line that a toothbrush misses.

Select a flossing agent that suits your needs. Teeth with tight spaces in-between need a string or tape floss. Teeth that have wide gaps in-between or exposed roots do better with a wide and absorbent material, such as yarn or textured floss.

Oral Irrigator

A water flosser, or oral irrigator, is an effective tool for almost anyone. This device uses a stream of water to blast away sticky plaque. Some models allow you to add mouthwash to the reservoir so that you can deliver the antimicrobial solution below the gum line.

An oral irrigator is also great for:

  • Bridgework that’s hard to floss under
  • Patients with large hands or a condition that makes flossing by hand difficult
  • Fixed retainers and braces
  • Hard-to-reach areas

Talk with your local dentist to learn more about what can help you in your battle against gum disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

 

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