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Steps to Getting Rid of Gum Disease

Posted on 11/8/2021 by Beautiful Smiles Office
Steps to Getting Rid of Gum DiseaseGum disease is a serious issue that, very commonly, can exist long before we know about it. Once a dentist lets you know you have gum disease, or that they see signs of it creeping up, it is best to do what you can at home before things get too serious. Here are some ways you can work to get rid of gum disease before it requires dental assistance.

Clean Mouth Means Clean Gums

The first step in working on your gum disease is to have the most robust dental health practices in place. This means brushing twice a day and flossing daily. When looking at toothbrushes, you should upgrade to an electrical toothbrush or to get a toothbrush with soft or extra soft bristles. This gives the toothbrush the flexibility to reach all the difficult to reach teeth. A final note in the realm of toothbrushes is, if your gum disease is especially bad, to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months. This keeps bacteria from building up on the bristles and doing more harm than good.

When it comes to flossing, make sure to do it daily. If floss does not quite reach all the areas that you need to clean, a soft pick might be helpful to getting between smaller gaps between your teeth. A water pick may also be a helpful tool for the exact same reason.

Finally, there comes a point when you should come to see us. Signs that show you need to see a dentist include swollen or inflamed gums, frequently bleeding gums, extreme tooth or gum pain, or repeated bad breath even after brushing. At this point, a dentist will need to decide if surgery or just a deep cleaning will suffice. If you have concerns about your gum health, please contact our office and we will help.

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