If you were to reflect on what causes individuals to develop gingivitis, you may come up with the general topics that can certainly come into play. For instance, you may mention that avoiding its development requires brushing, flossing, and preventive visits with our Southlake, TX team. You would, of course, be spot on! However, did you know that there are some additional factors you may not have picked up on just yet, which can undermine your efforts if you’re not careful? Consider the particulars with our team, so you can feel absolutely confident that you’re making it through daily life in such a way that you’re optimizing your gum health (instead of the opposite)!
Not Brushing For Long Enough
Of course, you’re probably brushing your smile. As a matter of fact, you’re probably brushing two times a day, just as we suggest. If so, you may assume (which makes sense) that you’re doing what you need to do to avoid problems like gingivitis. Unfortunately, what you may be overlooking (and what may be leading you straight toward gum disease) is the fact that you may not be brushing for a long enough period of time. Check in on your approach. Grab a timer. Make sure that when you brush, it takes two full minutes. It seems simple but it has a strong impact.
Missing Your Gumline During Brushing
If we see signs of gingivitis when you visit our team for a checkup and cleaning, chances are good that part of the reason this is occurring is because you aren’t brushing thoroughly. You may even be brushing twice a day for two minutes apiece. However, if you’re not remembering to brush your smile along your gumline but are instead focused on other areas, you’re missing a significant amount of plaque, which will encourage gum problems! An easy fix? Brush all dental tissue as you brush.
Flossing Sometimes, Rather Than Daily
If you think to yourself that you floss most of the time, so you’re probably in good shape, think again: Just like not removing enough plaque with brushing can be a problem, the same is true of flossing. You have to do it daily, without fail, in order to see the best results (which includes preventing the development of problems gingivitis).
Keep Your Smile Gingivitis Free
Remember that you can very easily maintain the health of your gums and the overall condition of your oral environment, when you’re serious about prevention. Come in for a visit and a refresh on essential knowledge. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.