If you have already been diagnosed with gingivitis, then it is time to get serious about your dental hygiene routine in order to get rid of the condition. Leaving gingivitis untreated can lead to very serious dental health issues, but it can also be easily treated if it is picked up on early enough.
The two key parts of treating gingivitis are professional dental cleanings performed regularly and diligence with your home dental routine. By looking after your teeth carefully at home you can prevent the further build up of bacteria and plaque that cause the condition. And, by visiting your dentist, they can remove the harder plaque and clean out the hard to get to spots in your mouth.
So, what should you be doing at home to treat your gingivitis? It largely involves the regular dental hygiene routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing, but you have to ensure that you are doing it correctly and doing it at least twice a day. It is also important that you are choosing the right products to use when cleaning your teeth at home.
The brushing of your teeth at home alone is an important part of removing bacteria and plaque – so be sure to have your dentist show you the correct brushing technique. The right toothpaste is also a powerful weapon to reduce bacteria. One of the most powerful choices is also a natural and safe choice – mint oil. You can look out for this product to use as a paste and rinse and it will successfully eradicate a lot of gingivitis causing bacteria in your mouth.
Many people floss after they have brushed their teeth, but it is actually much better to floss prior to brushing as it can loosen a lot of the food particles that get trapped between teeth and lead to bacteria production. You should floss at least once a day. Often it is best to start out flossing once a day and as your dental health gets better and your gums get stronger, you can increase it comfortably to twice a day.
Mouthwash is another very important part of the equation because it is able to flush out bacteria that is residing below the gum line and can’t be reached by floss or your tooth brush. Try to avoid mouth washes that have alcohol in them as these can sometimes cause problems. Rinsing several times a day is ideal – especially after lunch, when it is not always convenient to brush your teeth.
Using a tongue scraper or using your tooth brush on your tongue to get rid of bacteria in this area is another way to reduce the problem as well as prevent bad breath.
Gingivitis is a potentially serious dental condition, but by practicing good dental hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly you can get rid of the problem and have better dental health.