Worried about gingivitis? You should be because it can lead to worse oral health problems down the road. Your best course of action is to avoid it altogether. But how do you do that?
Aside from the obvious of sticking to those regular dental cleanings and checkups, there are a few things you can do at home to avoid getting gingivitis and keeping your mouth healthy.
Brush your teeth after meals
After you put down your fork, pick up your toothbrush. Brushing at least twice daily helps get rid of that nasty plaque that can lead to gingivitis. Ideally, you should brush after every meal you eat.
If you really want to boost your plaque-busting potential, choose an electric toothbrush. This will make short work of effective brushing.
Watch those bristles
Electric or not, you should always choose a toothbrush or cleaning head that has extra-soft or soft bristles. Anything firmer than that might not sweep away all that plaque.
Stop hanging onto old toothbrushes
Have you replaced your toothbrush recently? Don’t get sentimental, just toss it out every three months. Germs build up on the bristles and you’re just pushing them around your mouth over and over again. If you’ve been sick, you should replace your toothbrush even sooner!
Don’t forget that floss
Flossing can be a bit of a pain, but it’s better than having gingivitis. Make the time to floss at least once per day to keep food particles and plaque out of your gum line.
Change your mouthwash
Go for a natural mouthwash instead or at the very least, ditch anything with alcohol in it. Mouthwash shouldn’t burn!
Give up tobacco products
Whether you chew it or smoke it, tobacco use can increase your risk of periodontitis. It tarnishes your smile and can make your dental treatments less effective if you continue.
Work on stress management
Stress causes the body to have a more difficult time fighting infections. Take yoga, meditate, talk to friends, exercise, or do something that makes you feel less stressed out every day.
Know what to eat and not eat
A proper diet that is balanced with the vitamins and minerals you need will help your body fight gingivitis. Focus on getting enough leafy green vegetables, citrus, nuts, and foods with antioxidants which can give your body what it needs to repair any damaged tissue. Additionally, cut back on that sugar to save your smile!
Don’t grind those teeth
When your kids spill juice in the backseat or your boss asks you to stay late again, watch how you clench your jaw! Clenching and grinding puts excessive force on the tissues that support your teeth which could make them deteriorate.
Start focusing on these gingivitis-busting tips today and hopefully your dentist will tell you that you’re doing a great job keeping your mouth healthy!
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