Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth, causing the gums to become red and swollen. Your dental professional can usually make suggestions for a gingivitis treatment after examining your teeth and gums. To help plan your gingivitis cure, your dentist may ask about the following:
- How long have you had gingivitis symptoms?
- Do you smoke or use other tobacco products?
- Do you have chronic medical conditions?
- What medications do you take?
- What is your current oral care routine? (1), (2)
Gingivitis Cure: Hone Your Toothbrushing Technique
- Brush Better: Improving your toothbrushing technique may be the only gingivitis cure you need. Be sure to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and brush using short strokes. Don’t forget to brush the front, back, and chewing surface of each tooth. (3)
- Floss Effectively: Flossing your teeth is an important part of your gingivitis cure and gingivitis prevention. Using an 18-inch long piece of floss, wind most of it around the middle finger of one hand, and wind a small piece around the middle finger of the other hand. Unwind fresh floss as you move from tooth to tooth. Slide the floss all the way up and down between each tooth, and curve it into a C-shape at the gum line so it slides between the teeth and gums. (3)