General Prevention Tips
Gingivitis can be reversed in nearly all cases when proper plaque control is practiced. Proper plaque control consists of professional cleanings at least twice a year and daily brushing and flossing. Brushing eliminates plaque from the surfaces of the teeth that can be reached; flossing removes food particles and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gum line.
Highly concentrated fluoride gels, mouth rinses, or dietary supplements are another source of this important substance. In addition, anti-cavity varnish, or sealants (which are thin, plastic coatings) also provide an additional barrier against harmful bacteria and other foreign matter.
Regular dental visits are also important. Daily cleaning will help keep calculus formation to a minimum, but it won't completely prevent it. A professional cleaning at least twice a year, but often three to four times is necessary to remove tooth accumulations and keep gum tissue healthy.
Other health and lifestyle changes that will decrease the risk, the severity, and the speed of gum disease development include:
- Smoking cessation
- Stress reduction
- Proper nutrition