Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease mainly due to poor oral health. It causes reddening and swelling of gums. It can even cause bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth and even causes bad breath. If it is left alone it can turn into a serious gum disease called periodontitis, which can result in tooth loss. This guide will give you tips on how to prevent gingivitis.
Good Oral Hygiene
The first thing you need to do is practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth two times a day and floss regularly. Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and use a brush with soft bristles. Brush each tooth thoroughly starting from the outer surface then moving towards the inner surface and always place your toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees from your gums. Also using mouthwash is also essential in preventing gum disease.
Avoid Risky Activities
If you are a smoker then you have another reason to quit, smoking can cause gingivitis. Eating an unhealthy diet is another reason, which is why it is better to eat healthily. Eating healthy food that is hard and crunchy is good for your oral health as it helps in removing debris and also reduces the risk of gum disease. Chewing sugarless gum can also help in washing away debris after a meal.
Get a Regular Dental Check-up
Most people do not go to their dentists regularly which can cause gingivitis. In its initial state gingivitis does not hurt so many people do not know they have it till the pain is unbearable. It is important that you get your dental check-up regularly, as your dentist can identify any changes in your gums and prevent gingivitis.
You can learn more about gingivitis in a recent report by HarcorHealth.