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If you suffer from gingivitis, then you know how it can hinder you in your everyday life. You may feel uncomfortable speaking in a close proximity to others and this can cause you to turn down certain social events. It may also make you self-conscious about getting close to that special person in your life. Luckily, there are some things you can do at home to help keep your gingivitis under control. If you want to get your gingivitis under control, you should follow the tips in this article.
Regular toothbrushing is important for everyone. However, if you suffer from gingivitis then it is even more important for you to make sure you are brushing your teeth correctly. You should brush at least two times a day and even more often if you eat sticky or sugary foods, since these foods will attract more plaque.
When you brush, you should do so in a circular motion for a few minutes. Make sure you brush the surface of all your teeth. Also, you want to be sure you brush your tongue. Once you are done with brushing your teeth, use a mouthwash and don't drink anything, including water, for a good amount of time so the mouthwash can do its job.
Eat healthy foods
Not only do you want to make sure you steer clear of the foods that are obviously bad for your teeth, such as sugars and dark drinks, you also want to eat healthier foods in general. When you allow your health to deteriorate, it will take a toll on the condition of your teeth and allow the gingivitis to flare up. Add a good amount of vegetables to your diet and eat plenty of whole grain wheat, staying away from an excessive amount of starches.
It may sound like odd advice, but chewing gum can really help with gingivitis. However, you do need to make sure the gum you are chewing is sugar-free. The gum will help to remove plaque and left over food particles from your teeth.
Drink a lot of water
You should drink water with each meal and throughout the day. Water will help rinse food out of your teeth. It also helps to keep you hydrated which helps you to stay healthy and in a better position to ward of dental issues.
If you follow the tips above and still have an issue with gingivitis, then you should make an appointment with your dentist (such as one from Family First Dentistry LLC).