How to Treat Gingivitis

Occasional gum bleeding is more common than you may think. However, if you’re noticing that you’re often spitting blood when you brush, it could be an early sign of gingivitis—one of the first stages of gum disease. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to treat and help reverse gingivitis, both at home and with a dentist. 

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and the main cause is the buildup of plaque around, on, and, between your teeth. This leads to redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gum tissue, particularly when you brush or floss your teeth, or bite into something hard like an apple. If left untreated, it can progress to a more severe form of gum disease.

Treating Gingivitis

Gingivitis is treatable and reversible in its early stages, so it is important to treat it before it develops into a serious problem. Here are some gingivitis treatments that can help:

Good Brushing

The first step to treating gingivitis is good brushing. Since plaque is the main culprit when it comes to bleeding gums, you need to get rid of plaque buildup. That means brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush for 2 minutes twice a day, to effectively clean your teeth and gum line.

Good Brushing

A Gum-Health Toothpaste

Choosing the right toothpaste as part of your oral-care routine is key when it comes to helping prevent gingivitis. Ideally, you want to use a plaque-fighting fluoride toothpaste, like parodontax. In fact, parodontax™ is specially formulated with stannous fluoride, an anti-microbial agent that both removes and kills plaque-causing bacteria, making it up to 3X more effective at helping to reduce bleeding gums than regular toothpaste.*

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A Gum-Health Toothpaste

Choosing the right toothpaste as part of your oral-care routine is key when it comes to helping prevent gingivitis. Ideally, you want to use a plaque-fighting fluoride toothpaste, like parodontax. In fact, parodontax™ is specially formulated with stannous fluoride, an anti-microbial agent that both removes and kills plaque-causing bacteria, making it up to 3X more effective at helping to reduce bleeding gums than regular toothpaste.*

Daily Flossing

It’s difficult to reach the spaces between your teeth by brushing alone—approximately 40% of the tooth surface above the gum line is not reached with a toothbrush. That’s why dental floss is an effective way to help prevent gingivitis, since it can help remove plaque from those hard to reach places, like between your teeth and just below your gum line.

Daily Flossing

Regular Dentist Visits

Visiting your dentist for regular cleanings is a critical part of helping to prevent and treat gingivitis. A professional cleaning removes the buildup of deposits on your teeth (tartar, plaque, and stains) much more effectively than you can on your own. Plus, dentists and hygienists can spot the early signs and symptoms of gum disease, so they can help guide you on the proper dental techniques and practices to get you back on track.

Follow these practices as part of your daily oral health routine and you can be on your way to healthy gums again.

Regular Dentist Visits

Regular Dentist Visits

Visiting your dentist for regular cleanings is a critical part of helping to prevent and treat gingivitis. A professional cleaning removes the buildup of deposits on your teeth (tartar, plaque, and stains) much more effectively than you can on your own. Plus, dentists and hygienists can spot the early signs and symptoms of gum disease, so they can help guide you on the proper dental techniques and practices to get you back on track.

Follow these practices as part of your daily oral health routine and you can be on your way to healthy gums again.

*compared to a sodium monofluorophospate toothpaste and professional cleaning

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