Have you started to notice that your gums are slightly swollen, redder than normal or even bleed while you brush or floss your teeth? These characteristics may even be routine for you during aggressive teeth cleanings or brushing at home. The truth is that these signs are not normal and are actually indicative of the earliest stages of gum disease.
Gum disease can become an extremely painful and dangerous oral condition. However, the good news is that when it is caught early, gum disease is completely treatable and your symptoms reversible. In it’s earliest stages gum disease is commonly referred to as gingivitis. The most common cause of gingivitis is improper or insufficient oral care at home. Visiting the dentist twice a year is very important and can also help prevent the onset of gum disease. However, daily cleaning is the most effective tool at fighting the disease.
It is important not only to brush thoroughly after every meal, paying close attention to scrub along your gum line, but also to floss frequently. Flossing is perhaps the most commonly skipped step in a person’s daily oral care routine and it is by far one of the most important steps. Mouth rinses are available on the market that advertise gum disease fighting powers, however no toothpaste or mouthwash can replace the value of flossing at least once a day. Doing so will help keep your gums strong, prevent bleeding and stop gingivitis in its tracks.
If you’d like more information about how to develop an effective at home oral care routine, contactour office for more information today.