Has your dentist recently diagnosed you with gingivitis? Don’t sweat it – this condition is easy enough to reverse. Commonly brought about by a buildup of plaque in the mouth, gingivitis affects just about everyone at some point in their life.

Gingivitis is an oral infection caused by toxin producing bacteria in your mouth. It’s characterized by swollen and sensitive gums, gums that recede from your teeth and bleed easily when brushed or flossed. Gingivitis can cause a slew of other health problems when left untreated including heart disease and breathing complications.

The biggest problems associated with gingivitis all stem back to the nasty plaque that builds up in your mouth over time. In order to reverse the effects of gingivitis, you’ll need to fight plaque like you never have before!

The battle starts in front of the mirror every time your brush your teeth. Make sure you’re spending no less than two minutes brushing, using small circles across gums and teeth. We recommend you tilt your brush at a 45-degree angle. Your dentist may recommend a special toothbrush to combat the infection.

Pesky gingivitis starts forming in the difficult slits between your teeth, where your brush typically can’t reach. This plaque can eventually harden into tartar, requiring professional dental services to remove. This is why it’s essential to floss every single day!

The final step is to rinse your mouth with an antibacterial wash. Following every brush and floss, eliminate the remaining bacteria with an approved mouthwash. Sticking to this regimen will curtail the effects of gingivitis fast!

Call our Goodyear Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.