Flossing is a beneficial tool for treating gingivitis. It removes any food particles that can feed plaque. However, flossing alone cannot cure gingivitis.
The overall goal in curing gingivitis is to eliminate as much plaque as possible. Plaque contains bacteria that can easily build-up on the gum line that causes gingivitis. The bacteria in the plaque irritate the gums causing redness, swelling, and bleeding.
Symptoms of gingivitis can be cured as long as they are caught early. It is easy to fight plaque and the bacteria in it if they are treated immediately.
For a healthier smile, it is ideal to eliminate gingivitis before it gets worse.
Regular Professional Cleaning
As mentioned earlier, flossing alone cannot cure gingivitis. You will need your dental intervention, such as professional cleaning.
Nicholas S St George DDS will clean your teeth thoroughly to eliminate bacteria that cause this gum issue. Professional cleaning can also remove plaque. Dr. Nicholas uses different dental instruments to thoroughly clean your teeth and eliminate plaque build-up.
After a thorough professional cleaning, your gingivitis should clear up. However, you need to start practicing good oral hygiene habits at home to prevent this issue from recurring.
Your dentist may recommend undergoing a professional cleaning every six months. But it depends on your situation. If you have gum disease, you may need to visit your dentist every three to four months.
Brush and Floss
After a dental professional cleaning, you must practice brushing and flossing every day. It is highly recommended to brush your teeth twice a day.
When you brush your teeth, you have to do it for two minutes. You may use a timer to ensure that you are brushing in that time period.
Flossing, too, can help in preventing gingivitis. Not only that but it also prevents tooth decay.
While your gums are still recuperating, you need to use a soft-bristled brush. Opt for a brush that has ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, make sure to replace it often.
Can Antibacterial Mouthwash Help?
It may help. But antibacterial mouthwash alone does not get rid of the bacteria that cause gingivitis.
You need to pair it with brushing and flossing to reverse completely the gum disease. To kill the bacteria, make sure to rinse your mouth for 30 seconds twice a day. That is, do it after you brush and floss.
Prevention is Still Better Than Cure
After you have thoroughly cured your gingivitis, you must prevent it from recurring. If you smoke, you must stop this nasty habit. Keep in mind that smoking is a risk factor for this condition. Thus, you must kick your smoking habit to keep your mouth healthy.
Smoking is one of the reasons you have a weakened immune system. As a result, your body has insufficient body defense agents to fight gum infections.
Avoid Refined Sugar
To further protect yourself against gingivitis and tooth decay, make sure to stay away from sugary foods and drinks.
Do not eat refined carbs and consume sticky foods, such as chocolates and candies. These foods can easily stick to your teeth that can lead to a buildup of plaque.
Gingivitis can still be reversed as long as it is treated early. Talk to Nicholas S St George DDS today on how to cure your gingivitis and other gum issues.