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Fight Against The Gum Diseases With The Effective Tips

Do you have what it takes to stop plaque from harming your mouth? The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is caused by plaque that has built up around the gumline. The bacteria in this sticky substance can harm your gums, causing inflammation and gums that may bleed when you brush or floss. Later on, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. At this stage the gumline can recede and plaque germs can cause damage to the tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place.

 
Not only can this oral health condition lead to tooth loss, but it also may be connected to health issues like heart disease and diabetes. Oral care habits that focus on fighting plaque can help to treat gingivitis and stop the later stages of this disease from ever developing. What do you have in your oral care arsenal?
 
So what should you do to prevent gum disease? The most important step is to visit your dental health professional on a regular basis. A thorough professional cleaning and checkup followed by good home care are usually enough to reverse gingivitis. For adequate home care, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice per day and use an interdental aid such as floss at least daily. You should also use an antimicrobial toothpaste. Do not forget to brush your tongue with electric toothbrush. Your mouth should be at its cleanest right before going to bed. There is no disruption to the growing bacteria in your mouth while sleeping, therefore, this is the time that bacteria can do the most damage.
 
The Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste
 
Plaque is always building up on your teeth and gums. To prevent gum disease you need a toothbrush that will remove bacteria from your entire mouth like Colgate 360 ActiFlex, which has a tongue and cheek cleaner and a flexible head to clean in all directions. Look for a toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance for fighting gingivitis and plaque. A gingivitis toothpaste will have active ingredients to kill germs and keep your gums safe from plaque build-up. Brush at least twice daily for a full two minutes, thoroughly cleaning the gum line, every surface of your teeth and your tongue.
 
The Right Floss
 
You can use a nylon or a PTFE floss. A PTFE or monofilament floss is less likely to shred than a nylon floss, but both are effective at removing plaque. Use your x ray floss machine to clean the spaces in between your teeth as well as the area beneath the gum line. Flossing is so important in the fight against gum disease because it removes plaque from those hard to reach places that your toothbrush may not be able to clean.
 
If you are unsure how to clean your mouth properly, ask your dental health professional to show you the correct technique. You should go to your dental maintenance visits twice per year, although only your dental health professional can tell you how often you should have your checkup and maintenance based on your needs. If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, do not wait for your regular checkup since untreated gingivitis can advance to the more serious, irreversible and destructive stage of gum disease, periodontitis.