A DIY Treatment Plan for Gum Disease: Get the Dentist’s Opinion
No one wants to have gum disease, yet millions of Americans do. While this can be a painful, distressing disease – and it can do serious damage to both your teeth and your gums – treating it doesn’t have to take over your life. Your dentist will be in the best position to diagnose your issues and provide a home treatment plan, but you can keep reading for general tips on treating gum disease at home.
It starts with gingivitis
Many people don’t realize that the first step of gum disease is gingivitis. There aren’t always symptoms of this disease, and when there are they’re typically mild. That said, even though you may not know you have it, gingivitis can do plenty of damage before it’d discovered. Some common warning signs include gums that are swollen or bleed when you brush, or gums that are receding from your teeth. It can be hard to notice some of the signs on your own, but your dental cleaning and exam will bring them to light.
The cause of gingivitis is plaque building up on your teeth. Plaque itself is created from the food particles, mucus, and bacteria that’s present in your mouth on a daily basis. The bacteria eventually builds up and starts creating and reducing toxins that attack your gums. If you’re not working to stop this bacteria, then your gingivitis can turn into full blown periodontal disease – the most serious form of gum disease – before you know it.
The best way to control the spread of gum disease is also the easiest way
If you want to control the spread of gum disease it’s actually pretty easy: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, every day. This will prevent plaque from growing – or significantly reduce. Unfortunately, it’s common for a patient to start experiencing sore gums when they get gingivitis, which can discourage them from brushing regularly – which is the last thing you want to do.
Brush your teeth the right way
Use toothpaste that has fluoride in it and make sure that every time you brush your teeth, you’re spending at least two minutes do so. Brush your teeth at an angle so that you get every surface. Use a soft brush, and gently brush to get to your gums. Brush your tongue to scrape off as many germs as you can.
Don’t forget to floss
Flossing daily is also extremely important. Unfortunately, many people only do it once in a while. Remember that your toothbrush can’t get between your teeth and food and bacteria can grow quickly there. Flossing on a daily basis is a must if you want healthy gums. Skipping this step can allow plaque to build up, which turns to tarter – and tarter can only be removed by a dentist.
There are many things you can do at home to help prevent or reduce the effects of gum disease. That said, there’s no substitute for regular dental exams and cleaning. Reach out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 today to make your appointment.