By Shelly Fesler, RDH, BSDH
How to treat gingivitis is all about quality AND quantity. Good brushing and flossing technique... quality, and more of it...quantity. Either one alone won't do the trick.
80% of adults have some type of gum disease...Not sure if you have gingivitis? Review these classic symptoms.
This condition has to be treated at home every day. It will take some time and patience...You didn't get gingivitis in a day and you wont get over it in a day.
But, if you follow these simple steps, most cases will gradually improve and eventually be cured.
For the first week of my gingivitis home treatment don't worry about flossing your teeth. Did I say that out loud?
That's right...you get a one week vacation from flossing!
Don't even feel guilty about it:)
If you try to floss gums that are inflammed, swollen and sore you will get discouraged and give up.
Before you floss, you have to get your gums in better shape.
Step 1 ~ Use your toothbrush. But in a different way...
Be sure you have a new, soft bristled toothbrush. Don't use your electric toothbrush ...yet.
Using good technique, brush for two minutes with your favorite toothpaste as usual.
Rinse but don't put your toothbrush away...go get comfortable no need to stand at the sink.....Plop yourself down in front of the TV or in your favorite chair.
Massage your gums
Without a mouth full of foaming toothpaste you can really focus on your gums and give them some much needed attention.
With the toothbrush angled toward your gums and pressed in just enough to force the bristles between your teeth and gently under your gums, brush in a circular motion for another 5-10 minutes.
Click here to learn how to give yourself a healing gum massage.
You are off to a great start and your gums should be ready to move on to the next step.
A professional cleaning by a dental hygienist is important to have your pockets measured and evaluated. If you had gingivitis for a long time you might have gum disease that needs further treatment.
A deep dental cleaning is often recommended for gum disease that has progressed beyond gingivitis.
Click here for week two...curing gingivitis.