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How to prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis

Do you know what dental plaque is?

Plaque is a thin, sticky film that naturally appears on teeth. This film is made up of bacteria that can cause numerous dental health problems if not cleaned properly, including gingivitis.

Here is more information on the causes of gingivitis and our tips to avoid and alleviate it.

Main causes of gingivitis

Gingivitis is a gum disease caused mainly by plaque buildup on your teeth. The bacteria found in dental plaque contains toxins that can lead to gum irritation and inflammation. In advanced cases, it can even cause bleeding.

It is therefore important to take good care of your gums and teeth to prevent the appearance of plaque.

How to prevent and alleviate gingivitis at home

To prevent gingivitis at home, you need to maintain a regular dental cleaning routine. In fact, good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent plaque buildup.

Here is an example of an effective routine to prevent and, in some cases, alleviate gingivitis.

Brush your teeth properly and regularly

You have probably been hearing this since you were a child, but brushing your twitch twice a day is essential to remove plaque.

However, brushing them thoroughly for about ten seconds is not enough. Here is how to brush your teeth properly:

  • Brush for at least 2 minutes to remove as much plaque as possible. Do not press too hard on your teeth as this can damage them.
  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45° angle, then make small circular motions over the entire inner, outer and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • Make sure to clean your gum line since this area is the most at-risk for plaque buildup.

Use antibacterial tooth paste and mouthwash

You should use antibacterial toothpaste if you think you are at risk for developing gingivitis. This type of toothpaste fights bacteria for multiple hours, even overnight.

You can also use antibacterial mouthwash to get rid of plaque in hard-to-reach places. Ask your dentist which mouthwash they recommend.

Floss daily

It is also important to floss daily, preferably at night. This will help you remove the last remaining plaque residue that the brush or even mouthwash cannot reach.

Other tips for preventing gingivitis

Smoking can often cause oral health problems. Tobacco attacks the gums, causing or aggravating gum irritation. It is therefore strongly recommended to stop smoking if you want to prevent gingivitis.

Visit your dentist to treat gingivitis effectively

Having a regular and effective dental hygiene routine will help you prevent the appearance of plaque and avoid gingivitis.

You may still have a small amount of plaque buildup, even if you take all of our advice.

For this reason, you should visit your dentist once or twice a year for professional dental care.

Would you like to schedule an appointment with a trusted and experienced dentist? At Clinique Dentaire 1935, our oral health specialists can take care of all your needs.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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