What should you do when you have gingivitis?

young woman with healthy teeth holding a tooth brushYour 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.

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