Dental Tips Blog

Jun
22

How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?

Posted in Gum Disease

Gingivitis simply means inflammation of the gums. Your gums become sensitive and inflamed when bacteria in dental plaque is left on them too long. Dental plaque is a combination of food, fluids from your mouth, and bacteria. It forms within hours of brushing, and will irritate your gums if not removed regularly.

Avoid Gingivitis With Effective Plaque Removal

Nothing gets rid of gum irritants like good old-fashioned brushing and flossing! Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily is sufficient for most folks. Make sure that you spend a little extra time carefully cleaning around bridges, implants, and braces.

Don’t forget about oral appliances like mouth guards, dentures, and partials. Bacteria can still hide out on these items even though they are removable and cause gum inflammation when you wear them without cleaning them on a regular basis.

Prevent Gingivitis Efficient Plaque Prevention

Specific ingredients in toothpaste and mouthwashes actually prohibit plaque formation. These products give your gums added protection against gingivitis.

One of these is triclosan, which is found in most anti-gingivitis toothpastes. Another is a combination of essential oils (such as menthol and thymol). Such elements effectively slow down plaque growth in-between your brushing sessions.

How Your Dentist Can Help You Limit Gum Inflammation

Visiting your local dentist will allow you to have a full gum health examination. Professional dental cleanings will remove the tartar buildup, which harbors more plaque and bacteria. Tartar can be a major irritant to gums, but it can’t be removed by brushing, alone.

Visit your local dentist for a thorough dental health assessment and customized recommendations for your oral care routine.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Most Popular

Tori, Exostosis, and Extra Bone Formation in the Mouth

A fairly common occurrence in the mouth is the existence of extra bone development along the outside or inside of the jawline near the teeth, or in the roof of…

Lingual Frenectomy versus Lingual Frenuloplasty

Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum….

Difference Between Conscious and Unconscious Sedation

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for many people who would not or cannot tolerate dentistry in a traditional dental setting.   Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist,…