Gingivitis is one of the more common dental conditions, and up to 75% of Americans experience gingivitis at least once in their entire lifetimes. Despite the seemingly ubiquitous nature of gingivitis and the fact that virtually everyone develops this condition eventually, this condition is rather easy to treat.
Scaling and Planing
The procedure which is done by your dentist in order to treat gingivitis is the scaling and planing procedure, also known as the deep dental cleaning procedure. This procedure involves the scaling of the tartar accumulations along your gum line. Tartar is the mineralized version of plaque that cannot be removed through routine tooth brushing. Once the scaling is done, the next thing which your dentist does is to smoothen up the exposed dental roots. When your gum line starts to recede, the dental roots start to be exposed where more plaque and tartar can adhere to. In order to deter the attachment of these dental debris, your dentist smoothens the surface.
While visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and professional dental cleanings are necessary, your dental hygiene regimen also contributes significantly to minimizing the extent of your gum disease and can even help to treat your gingivitis. Here are some of the things which your dentist suggests you do to boost your existing dental hygiene regimen:
Brush Properly. It’s not just enough for you to brush your teeth, you need to brush properly. The amount of force with which you brush your teeth actually does not contribute much in ensuring proper removal of plaque. On the other hand, brushing in slow, circular strokes has been proven to be more efficient at removing plaque and cleaning teeth thoroughly. If you cannot adjust to using soft strokes when brushing your teeth, it would be best for you to switch to an automated toothbrush with an oscillating and rotating head. If you like your traditional toothbrush just fine, at least switch to one with softer bristles.
Start Flossing. Your dental hygiene regimen is not complete without flossing. Flossing gets rid of dental debris which is lodged in between your teeth which the bristles of your teeth cannot get into. Don’t be scared if you find streaks of blood when you first begin to floss – this is natural if you have gingivitis. However, the bleeding should begin to ease up as you continue to brush and floss your teeth. You can pick out different types of dental floss to fit the architecture of your teeth.
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