Oral hygiene requires more than brushing twice a day. Skipping important steps like flossing, good brushing techniques, and regular dental cleanings set you at greater risk for developing gingivitis. Although it’s reversible and curable, ignoring gingivitis can lead to a host of other health problems.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is inflamed gum tissue. When you don’t brush properly, plaque builds up on your teeth. When plaque stays on teeth long enough, it hardens into a substance called tartar, which accumulates at the gum line and irritates gum tissue. You can prevent gingivitis by practicing proper oral hygiene, but the following conditions can put you at higher risk:
- Vitamin deficiencies
What Are the Warning Signs of Gingivitis?
The first sign of gingivitis is bleeding gums when you brush. You may notice a small amount of blood on your toothbrush or in the sink after brushing. Your gums may also appear to be redder and less firm than usual.
How Gingivitis Can Affect Your Overall Health
Poor oral hygiene causes cavities, but it can also lead to other serious health problems. Harmful bacteria in the mouth travels and builds up in other parts of the body, causing the following conditions:
- Diabetes Complications
- Heart Disease
- Immune Disorders
Three Easy Steps to Reverse Gingivitis
One: Brush Properly with the Right Kind of Brush
To brush your teeth correctly, it’s time to ditch your manual toothbrush and replace it with an electric one. According to Consumer Reports, which discussed the results of more than 50 studies in a 2014 issue, electric toothbrushes can reduce plaque buildup by more than 21% and reverse gingivitis by 11% after three months of use.
Make sure the bristles are in good condition. Brush for at least two minutes using gentle, back-and-forth strokes while holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth. Brush all surfaces of your teeth leaving the chewing surfaces last. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove any remaining bacteria.
Flossing is paramount to good oral hygiene because it’s the only way to remove food particles between teeth and below the gum line that brushing can’t reach. Dentists recommend flossing once daily before bed so that you can remove all of the built-up food particles from the day. Make sure to floss between each tooth, holding the floss firmly and making a c-shape around each tooth. Gently reach below the gum line with the floss using an up-and-down motion.
Three: Schedule Regular Dental Cleanings
Dentists recommend professional cleanings at least once every six months. A dental hygienist will be able to remove all traces of harmful plaque and tartar that will reverse gingivitis in its early stages.
Fight Gingivitis at Central Avenue Dental
Prevent gingivitis from negatively affecting your oral and overall health. Make an appointment for a dental cleaning at Central Avenue Dental today!