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What can I do to control gingivitis?

Gingivitis can be resolved and then prevented the same way that many oral health problems can be avoided... good oral hygiene to remove the plaque. Good oral home care involves careful brushing, in addition to cleaning between the teeth. Brushing involves holding the brush at 45 degree angle to the gum line and moving the brush in a circular motion to allow the bristles to clean the tooth where it meets the gum and cleaning the tooth on all surfaces including the top surface. Cleaning between the teeth is partially achieved with the brush, but floss and/or interdental cleaning devices such as "Soft Picks" by Butler GUM are also necessary for thorough plaque removal.

Mouth rinses such as Listerine may also help in the avoidance of gingivitis.

Of course, it is important to have regular dental examinations to evaluate your teeth and gums. It is not always possible to self-diagnose health problems. Regarding gum health, they may look fine but serious problems may exist.
The most important thing you can do to control gingivitis is to have good oral health habits such as brushing and flossing and scheduling regular dental cleanings. Remove plaque from between teeth with an interdental brush, floss or sticks.

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