Have you recently undergone gum treatment or periodontal therapy?
If so, then you’ve probably been told that the process is far from over. To maintain the progress you’ve made, it’s important that you do your part in keeping your gums clean and healthy.
It’s absolutely essential that you keep the following three items a regular part of your oral hygiene routine.
Here are 3 tools you can’t afford to leave out:
After periodontal treatment, it’s especially important that you use an interdental cleaner that fits the needs of your teeth and gums.
Depending on the size of the space between your teeth, you may need to access such areas with one or more of the following:
– Ribbon or tape floss
– Inter-dental brush
– Water flosser
Brushing two to three times a day is the key to controlling plaque formation. But doing so gently is more effective than vigorous scrubbing. If you brush too hard, you can just irritate your gums and cause more gum recession.
Encourage gentle brushing by using a toothbrush with soft or, if available, extra-soft bristles.
Whether a result of gum recession or periodontal surgery, you likely have more tooth root surfaces exposed than you normally would. These surfaces are not protected with enamel like the tops of your teeth are. You need to reinforce them with extra fluoride to prevent cavities from settling in.
Choose a fluoride-rich toothpaste to use at least twice a day and ask your dentist whether a fluoride rinse or supplementary treatment is right for you.
Regularly visit your dental office to make sure that you’re staying on top of your gum health.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
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