Your dentist has told you that you have gingivitis. What do you do next?
Take this seriously—gingivitis is curable. However, it can progress to periodontitis, which presents a much more serious health risk.
- Brush for at least two minutes at least two times per day
- Floss between every tooth once a day
- Use an anti-microbial mouthwash after brushing and flossing
- Choose a toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, and rinse that have the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance so you know they are safe and effective
- Eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar
- Limit snacks
- Get regular dental checkups and cleanings to remove plaque at the gum line
- Report any changes to your gums, your teeth, or your overall health to your dentist
If you haven’t been told you have gingivitis but you have
- A change in how your teeth feel when you chew
- Exposed roots of your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Ongoing bad breath
- Red, swollen, painful gums
- Signs of infection like pus or unusual bleeding of your gums
make an appointment with Hughes and Hughes Family Dentistry to begin caring for your dental health.