Steps you can take at home to prevent and reverse gingivitis include:
- Get regular professional dental cleanings, on a schedule recommended by your dentist.
- Use a soft toothbrush and replace it at least every three to four months.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush, which may be more effective at removing plaque and tartar.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, or better yet, after every meal or snack.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash, if recommended by your dentist.
- Use an interdental cleaner, such as a dental pick or dental stick specially designed to clean between your teeth.
If you're consistent with your home hygiene, you should see the return of pink, healthy gum tissue within days or weeks. You'll need to practice good oral hygiene for life, however, so your gum problems don't return.
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