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Most people have heard the term gingivitis before but you might not understand the gravity of it and how it can have a serious impact on your overall oral health.

On a basic level gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease the earliest symptoms include red swollen gums. Gum tissue can also bleed easily during regular brushing and flossing.

Fortunately in most cases gingivitis can be reversed through improvements in your daily oral hygiene regimen.

When brushing your teeth make sure to use a soft bristled tooth brush and abrasive toothpaste including fluoride. Make sure to focus on brushing each individual tooth rather than just sawing around your mouth.

Flossing is also absolutely essential to reversing gingivitis. Be sure to floss each tooth twice per day is the cornerstone of an effective oral hygiene regimen. Be sure to floss up along and into the gum line around each tooth.

The goal of flossing under the gum line is to remove plaque. Slipping the floss between the teeth and moving the strand up and down is simply not enough to remove plaque buildup. You want to work the floss between the gums and the tooth in a U-shape. Make two to three passes to remove any food particles and plaque buildup.

Regular dental checkups and cleaning will also help remove the tartar buildup that is a key contributor to gingivitis.

If you are concerned that you might have developed gingivitis feel free to call us at 740-454-6644 to schedule an appointment.