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Best Ways To Avoid Gingivitis

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Have you ever experienced brushing your teeth and see a little blood. You may blame yourself for hitting your gums but the thing is it is the first stage of gum disease called gingivitis. Well, you may be disgusted with that little blood mixed with water when your rinse it. And the tendency? You keep rinsing and rinsing until the shed of blood is gone.

Bacteria is the main cause of gingivitis characterized by swelling, inflammation, and bleeding of the gum tissue. The bacteria that we are talking here is in the form of plague. And I bet you have an idea of what a plaque is. Believe it or not, it is not your too much brushing that causes gingivitis. It is the formation of bacteria that irritate the gum. The tendency is it becomes red and swollen.

You know what too many people are suffering from this one. And if you are one of them, it is high time to stop gingivitis and other serious problems in your gum. Here are some practical ways that you can do.

Brush your teeth three times a day. It is recommended by health experts for you to brush your teeth three times a day. And not only that, you have to make sure that you are spending at least 3 minutes brushing. According to a study, most people spend only an average of 1 minute in brushing their teeth. And there are several factors that we can see here why they can only spend a minute of their time brushing their teeth. One factor is schedule. When someone is very busy and in a hurry every morning, he or she might not be able to spend 3 minutes brushing his or her teeth. If this is the case, you may want to wake up early and brush your teeth so that you will not run out of time. Another issue is laziness. Well, this is a common brushing attitude problem. Brush your teeth 3 times a day – during breakfast, lunch, and dinner – to protect your gum.

Brush without toothpaste sometimes. It may be odd to hear but brushing without toothpaste is practice by many. In fact, this is recommended when you are doing other activities such as watching television, listening to music, etc. This should not interfere with your daily activities. The other term for this is “dry brushing.”

Don’t be too hard. Well, you may be too hard on your brushing. If that is the case, it’s about time to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. The reason why toothbrushes with soft bristles are good to use is because they can penetrate to the deeper surfaces of your mouth, especially your teeth. If you would like to have a good result, just be gentle when brushing and remain in one position for a longer time. If you would like to protect your gum, don’t be too hard on it. Buy a soft one.

Floss. Well, you greatest struggle as a toothbrusher is between your teeth. No matter how soft the bristles of your toothbrush, it can never get there. Because of that, it is advisable for you to use dental floss. Do this at least twice a day. Nowadays, there are so many brands of floss to choose from. If you don’t know how to use this, ask someone, especially your dentist.

Give your body all the nutrients it needs. The best way to do this is to be particular with your diet – eat a well-balanced diet, in other words. Eat vegetables, fruits, meat, rice, cereal, etc. A well-balanced diet improves the condition of the body and that includes your gums. You will be able to fight gingivitis and avoid swelling and inflammation if you are in good body condition. This is essential for overall good health.

Have a consistent routine.  How do you brush your teeth? Well, it is not just your teeth that are in need of brushing but your entire mouth. Find a consistent routine for that. When you found out your rhythm in brushing, you can do that daily. This is to make sure that you are hitting every surface of your mouth. Again, consider other surfaces of your mouth, not just your teeth and be consistent.

Include your tongue and palate when brushing. Well, it is not just your teeth that are in need of brushing. Remember that you have other parts of your mouth that are affected with bacteria in the form of plague also such as your tongue and palate. Include them in your brushing. No matter how clean your teeth are but your tongue and palate are not, you still have poor hygiene on your mouth. Study shows that brushing your tongue and palate increases the circulation of tissue.

Practice rinsing your mouth with water after eating if you cannot brush. There are instances when you are in a public place or event and you have no time to brush your teeth anymore. If that is the case, try rinsing with water. By doing this, at least you can wash away the food particles left that might breed bacteria in your mouth.

Practice water irrigation. The purpose of this is to clean debris from your mouth. This is a common practice that is suggested especially for someone who has just flossed.

Swish with salt water. If you have inflamed tissue in your mouth, the best way to deal with it is by means of rinsing thoroughly with salt water. Another benefit of this is that it kills bacteria in the mouth. Just rinse for 30 seconds and do not swallow the salt water. If this becomes a habit for you, you will see the good result.

Use toothpaste that crushes tartar. If you are going to choose the kind of toothpaste to use, as much as possible it should be something that can crush tartar. Tartar is a hardened material that contains debris and plaque in the mouth. Just read the label of the toothpaste that you are purchasing to see to it that it is the one that you are looking for. Remember, it should be a warrior to tartars.

Have a regular dental appointment. If there is someone who knows the condition of your gums very well, he is your dentist. Have a regular dental appointment so that you will have proper care. Aside from that, you will be advised and you are also free to ask questions regarding your condition. Gum diseases often become serious because they are not treated earlier. So if you want to have a healthy gum, have a proper treatment. And that can only be given to you by your dentist. Go see him.

Gingivitis can be treated and prevented if you will only take initiative to do the things that we have mentioned above. Do not procrastinate with your gum disease. While it is not yet serious do something about it. You will surely not like the consequence of not acting when it became serious.

There are actually other factors that increase the tendency for gingivitis such as hormonal changes, menstruation, pregnancy, etc. If you have diabetes too, you are prone to gingivitis. Well, for serious health conditions, you seek first for the help of your doctor.

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