4. Rinse Your Mouth with Mouthwash
Gargling with an antiseptic mouthwash will not eliminate gingivitis on its own and cannot remove existing plaque, but it may go some way to controlling the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. Used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, antibacterial mouthwash can be another useful component in your gingivitis-fighting arsenal. Speak to your dentist about which mouthwash is best suited to you.vi
5. Visit Your Dentist
The recommended time between dental check-ups can range from once every three months to every year. What’s right for you will depend on your current oral heath, and how vulnerable you are to developing issues in the future. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how often you should be receiving a check-up.
Regular visits allow your dental professional to be on the look-out for problems that you can’t see and prevent them from getting worse.
6. Try a Natural Remedy
There is some evidence that natural ingredients such as peppermint, turmeric and green tea can improve gingivitis. Peppermint naturally has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects, while green tea has been shown to inhibit plaque buildup as effectively as some prescription mouthwashes.ix, x Turmeric is also a known anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help reduce gingivitis-related inflammation.xi
7. Bite into Gum-Friendly Food
What you eat can have a significant effect on your general health and that of your gums and teeth. We all know that eating sticky candy or drinking gallons of sugary soda is going to damage your teeth,xii and some foods are more gum-friendly than others.
Vitamin C-rich foods (such as bell peppers, berries and greens) can help support your immunity and boost collagen, which is essential for wound healing.xiii Anti-inflammatory foods containing healthy omega 3 fats – including wild salmon, eggs, nuts and seeds, avocados – can help to reduce inflammation in the body, including the gums.xiv
Gingivitis Treatment – Next Steps
The case for good dental hygiene cannot be overstated when it comes to treating gingivitis. Regular brushing with a toothpaste such as parodontax™ Complete Protection and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist will be money and time well spent when it comes to reversing and preventing gingivitis.