Reverse Gum Diseases

Written by Christa Gatewood
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It is important to remember that gum disease, while a serious condition deserving of attention, is not a permanent condition. Even mild to severe gum disease may be reversed if there has not been permanent bone damage. The key is maintaining a healthy oral care regimen.

Fighting Plaque is Key to Reversing Gum Disease

The strongest adversary in the fight against gum disease is plaque. Plaque consists of microscopic bacteria that, if allowed to stay on the tooth, infect the gum tissue. Removing plaque from the tooth periodically and killing the bacteria in plaque is the only way to positively affect gum disease.

Brushing is the most effective way to remove plaque from the tooth surface. It is recommended that people brush at least twice a day, once in the morning before breakfast, and once at night before going to bed. Additionally, it is recommend that people brush between meals, though not directly after eating as that may weaken tooth enamel.

Brushing only removes plaque from the surface of the tooth, however. In order to remove plaque between the teeth and beneath the gum line, you have to floss. Flossing should be done once a day, preferably at night before going to sleep. Anti-bacterial mouthwash can also be used to help kill any bacteria in plaque that is missed when brushing or flossing. There are also all-natural products on the market that use essential oils and herbs to clean the mouth and kill bacteria in plaque. Incorporating one of these products into your oral care routine may also improve gum health.

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