Brushing, Flossing, and Dental Cleanings: How to Fight Gingivitis

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gingivitis is a dental health issue that occurs during the early stages of gum disease. 

This problem occurs in individuals that allow bacteria to build up around their gum line, leading to inflammation. Although gingivitis is treatable, protecting your mouth from gingivitis is even easier to do!
Below, Dr. Lechner explains three things that you should do to keep your mouth healthy and protected from gingivitis.
Flossing is a crucial part of your dental hygiene routine. Brushing is important, but you also need to floss in order to reach the areas of your teeth and gums that your toothbrush cannot.
We all know the importance of brushing your teeth, but there are a couple of tips to remember: 
  • Avoid brushing aggressively
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
  • Brush your tongue
  • Brush the inner, outer and chewing area of your teeth
Visit the Dentist
Besides proper dental hygiene at home, professional teeth cleanings and dental exams are important for keeping a healthy mouth. If small amounts of plaque do begin to form around your teeth and gums, the dentist can usually take care of the issue with a cleaning. When plaque buildup is more advanced, a deep cleaning will be performed to clean underneath the gums.
Practicing good dental hygiene and visiting the dentist on a regular basis are the best ways to keep your teeth and gums in good shape and protect your mouth from dental health issues such as gingivitis. 
If you are due for a cleaning or have any questions about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lechner.

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