5 Ways to Prevent Gingivitis

Tooth Brushing

This should come as no surprise but regular effective teeth brushing, twice daily, is the most effective way to prevent against the development of gingivitis. However, the symptoms of gingivitis, such as tender bleeding gums cause people to slack off on their brushing habits. This only helps to expedite the proliferation of bacteria in the mouth. With regular care bleeding and sore gums can be eradicated.

Flossing

You’ve heard your dentist say it a million times but flossing is one of the most important ways to halt the spread of gingivitis. Gingivitis typically starts in the space between teeth; the places where you tooth brush can’t reach to rid your mouth of bacteria. If you don’t remove plaque daily it can harden into tartar, which requires professional dental work to remove. If you go long enough without flossing tartar can move deep into the gums and under the teeth which can result in painful dental procedures.

Rinsing

So you have done the two big ones already; brushing and flossing, it’s to complete the trifecta with a rinse of good mouth wash. You are going to want to rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash which helps to kill any lingering bacteria in the mouth.

Smart Diet and Behavior

Somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of American adults develop gingivitis and it progresses to periodontitis in 30 percent of the population. This is mainly due to poor oral habits, it is not enough to simply brush once a day or floss just a couple times a month. Try to make a habit of a regular brushing and flossing routine to prevent this from happening to you.

Visit a Dentist

Even if you have an established dental routine at home it is always a good idea to have at check up with your dentist twice a year. If you have risk factors for gingivitis such as diabetes, smoking or a history of gum disease in your family you may need to visit the dentist more often than that. A professional cleaning at the dentist is the best way for you to ride your mouth of plaque and to assess your oral health.

There ya have it! Just a few ways to prevent gingivitis