When plaque bacteria extend under the gum line, they can irritate the tissue there by producing acids. This irritation results in the inflammatory infection of gum disease, which starts out as gingivitis, a stage characterized by red, swollen, bleeding gums. If you want to prevent gingivitis from harming your oral health, then follow some of the steps below:
- Brush your teeth twice a day to clean away plaque bacteria and prevent it from hardening into tartar. We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss between your teeth once a day. Flossing is imperative because it cleans about 40% of the surface of your teeth.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Sugary foods feed the plaque bacteria that cause gingivitis and other dental problems such as tooth decay. A healthy diet will also give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to help fight off the gum disease infection.
- Regularly visit our dentist for routine check-ups. We will not only make sure that your mouth doesn’t have any dental problems, but we will also clean it thoroughly, scaling away the tartar that can’t be cleaned off of your teeth with a toothbrush.
- Avoid tobacco and substance abuse. These drugs contain chemicals that weaken your immune system and irritate your gum tissue, increasing your risk for gingivitis.
Contact Dr. Jun H Chung today to learn more about how you can prevent gingivitis from developing in your gum tissue.