If you want to avoid or prevent gum disease, you have to follow a daily routine of good dental hygiene. This is probably the best way to avoid gingivitis. The following information will give you further details on why gingivitis occurs and how you can prevent it.
What is Gum Disease or Gingivitis?
Gingivitis happens because of plaque and tartar build-up. The gums bleed and, in severe cases, bone loss can occur. If you don't have professional cleanings to remove the tartar on your teeth or you don't brush and floss daily, you can develop a gum infection. Therefore, you need to regularly clean your teeth and gums to avoid this from happening. However, cleaning is not enough. You also have to know how to brush your teeth and what type of toothbrush to use.
How to Brush Your Teeth to Prevent Gingivitis
Use a soft bristle brush when you brush with a manual toothbrush. You should brush each section of the mouth – brush downward when you brush your upper teeth, and upward, when brushing your lower teeth. Never brush back and forth. You might also invest in a water flosser. This jet-water system allows you to go along the gum line and between teeth to rinse out debris. Slightly open your mouth when using the flosser, and slowly direct the spray on each tooth. Begin on the lowest setting until you acclimate yourself to using the device.
Along with good dental care, it helps to eat fresh foods that are nutritionally balanced. We can assist you in learning the best techniques for preventing dental decay and gingivitis at home. Call us today to set an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning. Make it your goal to visit us for checkups twice a year. By learning proper brushing and flossing, and having routine check-ups, you can maintain a heathy, gingivitis-free smile.
At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, our office is both parking and wheel chair accessible.