How to Treat Gingivitis at Home
by Dr. Beau Beecher, DDS on 8/30/2019
If your gums are red, tender, swollen or bleeding, gingivitis is more than likely the cause. Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease. If left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, so it is important that you schedule an appointment with your dental professional as soon as possible.
Once you’ve done that, there are ways to help treat your gingivitis ahead of your appointment.
Clean your teeth and gums at home
Even people who regularly brush and floss their teeth and gums are vulnerable to gingivitis, especially if they are not using proper brushing technique. You’ll want to pay close attention to your brushing and ensure you are tilting the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline before gently moving the brush back and forth with short strokes.
Just remember to be gentle. Overaggressive brushing can provoke sensitive teeth and gums.
Flossing between each tooth once you’re finished brushing is also recommended.
Brush your teeth with an antibacterial toothpaste
Consider the type of toothpaste you have been using up to this point. Antibacterial and antigingivitis toothpastes are both options that can help fight plaque and keep your gum line healthy. If you would like a specific recommendation, consult your dental professional.
Rinse with mouthwash
To help flush out and keep harmful bacteria and plaque away from your gums, considering rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after brushing and flossing. Cleaning the hard-to-reach areas below the gumline and between your teeth can help reduce the spread of gingivitis.