Gingivitis or gum disease is one of the most common oral conditions that Dr. Steven Holbrook sees patients for. Caused by plaque build-up along the gum line, gum disease can cause things like tender gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums, or even gums that have started to recede. If you have started to experience any of these symptoms, what steps should you take?
Come Into our Office
The first thing you should do if you start experiencing any swollen, tender, bleeding or receding gums is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook. The only way to cure gum disease is to get your teeth professionally cleaned. Depending on how advanced your gum disease will help Dr. Holbrook determine what treatment will work best for you. Typically, if gum disease is caught early on, it can be treated with a thorough cleaning to help get rid of the excess plaque. If, however, your gum disease is a little more advanced, than we may recommend another procedure.
Make Sure You Floss
One of the leading causes of patients who have extra plaque build-up is a lack of flossing. Next to brushing, flossing your teeth is one of the best things you can do for your overall oral health. If you can’t get onboard with regular dental floss, then consider investing in a water flosser. Water flossers work by using pressurized water to help get rid of excess food and tartar from your teeth.
Drink More Water
If you are a big soda drinker, then you aren’t doing your teeth any service. In fact, soda is filled with enough sugar to cause not only an additional plaque on your teeth but cavities as well. Try replacing your daily soda intake with water instead. Water isn’t just better for your teeth because it’s sugar-free, but it can also help get rid of germs and bacteria on your teeth after you eat.