Dealing with gum disease? Here are the different ways to treat this problem.
Are you noticing blood in the sink whenever you brush and floss? Are your gums feeling a little puffy and tender? If so, you could very well be dealing with gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. If gingivitis isn’t treated, this can lead to periodontal disease, which will require turning to your dentist, Dr. Clinton Watson of Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, for treatment.
So, how can we prevent gum disease or even reverse those early symptoms of gingivitis from the comfort of your own home? Here’s how:
Flossing Every Day
This is a non-negotiable, even for those who aren’t noticing those early signs of gum disease. Flossing is the best tool that we have to be able to remove plaque, food, and bacteria from between teeth. If you aren’t flossing every day you are leaving a significant portion of your teeth and gums uncleaned. Flossing will help to remove harmful oral bacteria responsible for gum inflammation and periodontal disease. If you aren’t flossing once a day, it’s time you started.
Use an Antimicrobial Rinse
If gum disease runs in your family or if your gums are looking a little red and inflamed, you may want to an anti-gingivitis mouthwash that can destroy tartar, which is the leading cause of gum disease. These oral rinses can be found over the counter, so you don’t need a prescription. If you aren’t sure which oral rinse to use, our Macon, GA, dentist can provide some recommendations.
Brushing is Important
When it comes to reversing gingivitis, most dental professionals talk about the importance of flossing; however, this doesn’t negate just how important brushing is, too. Brushing twice a day with a special anti-gingivitis toothpaste can help to destroy bacteria on the surface of your teeth and along the gums to promote better periodontal health.
Due to the pandemic, Northside Dentistry will be closed for general appointments; however, if there is a dental emergency, please call (478) 475-1976. For non-urgent dental care, we would be happy to reschedule appointments at our Macon office as soon as we reopen. Stay safe and know that we will get through this together!