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How do I manage my gingivitis on a daily basis?

Although it is the first stage of gum disease, the best news about gingivitis is that it is reversible when caught at this stage. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. You can manage gingivitis by always remembering to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, daily flossing and by seeing your dentist for a professional cleaning.

Carol Jahn
Dentist
Good oral hygiene is the best way to manage gingivitis. Thorough tooth brushing for about two minutes in the morning and before bedtime is the standard along with once daily between teeth cleaning. Many people recommend floss as the first choice but it is difficult and technique sensitive so unless you can do this at  high quality level, you may not get results from your efforts. It's better to go with a product that you like and is easy to use. There are several great options available including interdental brushes and toothpicks -- wood or plastic. Another great option is a water flosser. It is clinically proven to work as well as string floss in removing plaque and has been shown to be more effective in reducing bleeding and gingivitis.
You can manage gingivitis on a daily basis through the consistent practice of good oral hygiene. You should brush and floss your teeth at least two times per day, in the morning and evening. Make sure you brush and floss for about three to five minutes each time.

You should also use a toothbrush with soft bristles that is replaced every three to four months. An electric toothbrush may be even better than a traditional manual brush for removing plaque and preventing tartar build up. An antiseptic mouth rinse and an interdental cleaner also help manage gingivitis.
You can manage gingivitis on a daily basis through the consistent practice of good oral hygiene. You should brush and floss your teeth at least two times per day, in the morning and evening. Make sure you brush and floss for about three to five minutes each time.

You should also use a toothbrush with soft bristles that is replaced every three to four months. An electric toothbrush may be even better than a traditional one at removing plaque and tartar. An antiseptic mouth rinse and an interdental cleaner also help manage gingivitis.

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