Gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, is an early stage of gum disease that is caused by the formation of plaque and bacteria. Though reversible when detected and treated early, the best way to protect your teeth is to prevent it from happening. Symptoms may not manifest till your condition is advanced and this can lead to periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and tooth loss.
Gingivitis Prevention Tips
Preventing gingivitis involves practicing good dental hygiene and following this routine throughout your life. Here are some simple tips to help:
- Brush your teeth twice a day: Proper and complete brushing takes 3 to 5 minutes.
- Floss daily to remove plaque: Flossing helps remove food particles and bacteria which form plaque and eventually harden into tartar and calculus.
- Schedule dental checkups: Do this preferably twice a year. Early detection of gingivitis and regularly cleanings can help improve the health of your teeth and gums.
- Maintain a balanced diet: Eat nutritious foods such as leafy vegetables, apples, milk, cheese and yogurt, all of which support strong bones and teeth. Also, drink plenty of water to neutralize the acids caused by sugary drinks, snacks and treats.
- Avoid cigarettes and other forms of tobacco: These will heighten your risk for gum disease.
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Prompt and regular dental treatments prevent gum disease from progressing and can even reverse gingivitis. Schedule a dental checkup to detect gum disease and other issues that can affect your oral health. Our detailed, personalized attention will help you maintain a healthy and attractive smile.