Gingivitis, also known as gum disease, is a very common condition that varies in severity. It involves inflammation of the gums and is usually the result of poor dental hygiene, and is characterized by swollen red gums that usually bleed easily when brushing or flossing. Fortunately, gingivitis is easily treated by improving oral hygiene and with a quick visit to the dentist!

Step 1: Thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day, daily. The most important time to brush is right before bed, since it gets rid of the long day’s food residue and bacteria. Be sure to brush for a minimum of two minutes, and don’t miss the inner side of your teeth or the molars in the very back. Always brush in an up-and-down motion, never sideways.

Step 2: See your dentist twice a year, every six months. Regular visits will help you make sure that you’re cleaning and brushing right, and also help prevent any serious health issues from developing over time. You should get a deep cleaning and a full dental exam at least once a year.

Step 3: Use a mouthwash that contains antibacterial and plaque-fighting ingredients.

Step 4: Make sure that your toothpaste contains fluoride, which helps combat both cavities and gingivitis. Fluoride protects teeth from decay and inhibits the acids created by oral bacterial, which otherwise erode tooth enamel and gum tissue.

Step 5: Floss your teeth at least twice a day, or at best after every meal. Flossing allows you to reach areas between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t, so you can get right down to your gum line. It will also improve blood circulation in the gums. This will help prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease, and cavities!

Gingivitis is easy to prevent, but if left to get worse over time it can lead to more serious health concerns like periodontal disease. You can avoid this and more by following these easy steps to good oral hygiene, and by visiting your dentist regularly. To schedule your next appointment, call our office today at (562) 434-6414.