Knowing the Key to Prevention
If proper plaque control is practiced, gingivitis can be reversed in nearly all cases. Where proper plaque control is concerned, it means daily brushing and flossing and at least twice a year professional cleanings Yes, proper oral hygiene is essential, however, there are other risk factors that can influence whether or not you get gingivitis. Some of them are beyond our control, like advancing age. Others can be managed with good commitment to oral hygiene including diabetes, tobacco use, viral and fungal infections, decreased immunity, substance abuse and poor nutrition.
Did you know that plaque forms on your teeth every single day?
The food we eat and left over in our mouths attract bacteria. They especially prefer sugar. Plaque typically forms within 24 hours, so it is extremely important to brush every day. If the plaque is left to harden, it becomes tartar, a layer of protection for bacteria. This buildup can lead to gingivitis.
The following are steps you can take to prevent gingivitis and also at the same time, treat it. Brush twice a day to remove bacterial plaque. Regular toothbrushes are good options, though studies show that in general, electric toothbrushes decrease more plaque and gingivitis than manual toothbrushes. After three months of use, plaque was reduced by 21% and gingivitis by 11%.
Use an anti-gingivitis or anti-plaque toothpaste containing fluoride to strengthen teeth and prevent bacterial damage in plaque that builds up on teeth throughout the day.
Antibacterial mouthwash after brushing helps fight plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. A good mouthwash covers those hard-to-reach areas where bacteria can hide.
At least floss once a day to remove food particles and plaque between teeth. Do not ignore those back teeth either. Your gums may bleed for time. However, it is important to keep brushing and flossing.
Improve your diet by adding more calcium. It’s good for your bones and beneficial to gums, too. Increase your intake of essential vitamins, particularly B12.
Go to your dental appointments for professional cleaning regularly; at least once every 6 months or more frequently if you have related risk factors. It’s not just for cleanings but for checkups if there are issues you may have or are not aware about.
Preventing Gingivitis in Bellingham
For your other concerns regarding gum health, please come by Dr. Tetrick’s clinic in Bellingham. We look after gum health all the time with our expertise and tips-to-go.