Following simple dental hygiene tips can help keep your mouth protected from some serious dental health issues.

Gum disease does not happen overnight. Gingivitis occurs during the early stages of periodontal (gum) disease when plaque gets underneath the gum line and becomes tartar, causing your gums to become inflamed. Luckily, protecting your mouth from gingivitis is easy!

Make Sure You Brush
You are probably aware that you need to brush your teeth twice per day. Make sure you follow these tips when brushing:

  • Brush the whole tooth, including the inner, outer and chewing areas
  • Don’t brush too hard
  • Buy toothbrushes with soft bristles
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue

Are You Flossing?
Besides brushing your teeth, make sure you floss each day as well. Your toothbrush can only reach so much of the tooth and gums.

Keep a Healthy Diet
Eating healthy does not just benefit your overall health, but your dental health will benefit from a well-balanced diet also.

Visit Your Dentist
Although your at-home hygiene is important, visiting the dentist on a regular basis for exams and cleanings is also necessary. Your dentist will be able to thoroughly clean your teeth and check for any issues that are occurring in your mouth.

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By doing these simple things, your chances of having dental health issues, such as gingivitis, greatly decrease.

If you show any signs of gingivitis or your dentist has recommended visiting a periodontist, feel free to schedule an appointment Dr. Cradock or Dr. Godat from the Periodontal Associates of Memphis in Memphis, TN.