Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. This mild infection and inflammation of the gum tissues needlessly afflicts a large amount of the American population over the age of 30. Early symptoms include gums that bleed easily from daily brushing and flossing as well as chronic bad breath.
Early diagnosis of gingivitis allows for easy treatment and future prevention. This involves improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine after a thorough dental cleaning at Eastside Periodontics.
After the dental cleaning, you will need to make concerted improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth twice per day with an abrasive toothpaste and flossing each evening after you are done eating for the day. When flossing, be sure to also clean behind your last tooth. This is an area that is often ignored, but it can harbor significant food particles, plaque, and tartar.
Once you are done brushing and flossing, you can then rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. This will remove loose food particles and kill some of the lingering bacteria in your mouth.
If you live in the Center Line, Michigan, area and you have gingivitis concerns, you should call 586-757-5454 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Jack Schwarcz at Eastside Periodontics.