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.
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