Gingivitis is the precursor to periodontitis, better known as gum disease. In the earliest stages of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque buildup, which causes the gums to become inflamed. Luckily, at this stage, the teeth are still held firmly in place and there is no irreversible bone or tissue damage. However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to gum disease.
Fortunately, it gingivitis prevention is almost entirely under your control.
Tips for Preventing Gingivitis from your Catonsville Dentist
- Be sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, taking 30 seconds for each of the four quadrants of the mouth.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue and your gums. Just like your teeth, these two areas can harbor bacteria.
- No oral health routine is complete without flossing. Floss between every tooth, all the way down to the edge of the gum line at least once a day.
- Finally, use an ADA-approved mouthwash.
Of course, regular dental visits (every 6 months) are also a part of a good oral health routine. At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have assembled.
“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”
If you have any questions about Gingivitis or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
How to Combat Gingivitis WebMD