Can Flossing Cure Gingivitis?

woman cleaning tooth with flossCan Flossing Cure Gingivitis? Gingivitis or gum inflammation is a form of gum disease. It’s a common oral condition. Almost every patient that came to our clinic had gingivitis to a certain degree. Unfortunately, it can’t be treated by flossing alone. You need to see Dr. Mabry to undergo certain gingivitis treatment.

Flossing can, however, prevent gingivitis from happening. What’s great news about this oral condition is that it can be reversed through a certain treatment and practicing good oral hygiene.

What’s Wrong with Gingivitis?

This gum disease is the result of bacteria accumulating around your teeth. The harmful organisms will cause an inflammation. But this disease isn’t only limited to your gums. Instead, it can cause the development of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and stroke.

It can also make your teeth to fall out affecting your general oral health.

But no matter how dreadful gingivitis is, it can be easily prevented. That is, if you’re willing to invest at least 15 minutes of your time each day to take care of your teeth, gums and overall oral health.

When you don’t brush and floss after every meal or at least twice a day, bacteria will accumulate causing plaque buildup. The plaque releases acids that can attack your tooth’s enamel causing decay. And if you don’t brush your teeth after 72 hours, the plaque hardens and forms along the gum line. This buildup will soon irritate and inflame your gums, ergo, gingivitis.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

woman cleaning tooth with flossHealthy gums will appear pink and firm. If yours is red or purplish, then you might have a gingivitis.

Each time you brush your teeth, you notice blood on your toothbrush or when you spit out. This is another sign that you have this gum condition.

When you touch your gums, you notice that it’s tender to touch. It’s gingivitis.

Mouth sores are also signs of this gum disease.

How to Cure It?

As mentioned earlier, gingivitis can be reversed. Schedule an appointment with a dentist, like Michael Mabry, who specializes in treating this condition. Dr. Michael will examine your oral health and request for a thorough examination. In some cases, dental x-rays are necessary.

A certain gingivitis treatment may be recommended to facilitate healing.

Dr. Michael will also advise looking at your own oral health habits. In most cases, changing your habits when it comes to your oral health is all it takes to cure your gingivitis.

It’s highly recommended that you shouldn’t forget brushing your teeth before going to bed. It’s also necessary that you floss after brushing.

When you use a mouthwash, make sure that it’s anti-bacterial, anti-septic or anti-gingivitis. Dr. Michael can give you recommendation as to the best mouthwash to use for your condition.

He will also set up a professional cleaning session so he can remove the plaque buildup from your teeth and along the gum line. Once the session is done, he’ll teach you the proper way to brush and floss so you’ll no longer have to suffer from this gum disease.

If you think you’re suffering from gingivitis and flossing isn’t helping, then make a consultation with Michael Mabry, DDS MAGD today so you’ll finally know whether or not you have this condition.