If you’re a smoker, you must hear this all the time, but smoking is not only bad for your lungs, but for your teeth as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2% of adults over 30 have some form of gum disease, while 64.2% of smokers have gum disease. Gum disease becomes increasingly more common as we age, so continuing to smoke becomes exponentially more harmful to your teeth every day you continue the habit.
Schedule a Cleaning at the Dental Office
Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth. A proper dental cleaning should be your first step towards tackling gingivitis. Here at Serenity Dental, we can scrub the built-up grime off of your teeth for a whiter smile, fresher breath, and a healthier mouth. We can also provide you with personalized assistance and brushing tips to help you continue to fight gum disease at home.
Maintain Oral Hygiene
You will need to step up your oral hygiene if your gums are suffering. According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and help maintain a clean mouth between brushings with mouthwash.
You should always brush your teeth right before going to bed, and at least one other time during the day. If you brush for about two minutes, then you should manage to brush all surfaces of the teeth.
You should floss at least once a day. Use about 12-18 inches of dental floss. Fit the floss completely down to the gum line and move it up and down about least eight to ten times in each crevice to thoroughly clean the teeth. Flossing is underrated. It’s awesome for your oral health.
Contrary to popular belief, mouthwash shouldn’t be used directly after brushing. Mouthwash should be used at another time during the day, like after lunch. Wait at least 30 minutes after using mouthwash to eat or drink.
Although the above steps should stop your gingivitis in its tracks, there are other options if the above prove ineffective. There are more invasive deep cleanings, medications, and even surgeries that can be used if gingivitis is left untreated and progresses. If you believe that your gingivitis is out of control, or if you notice that you have perpetually bad breath, a bitter taste in your mouth, or loose teeth, schedule a cleaning with us here at Serenity Dental to discuss your options