Gum disease or gingivitis can strike just about anyone who doesn’t practice good oral hygiene daily, and its effects aren’t only exclusive to the teeth and mouth, either. Thankfully, you can still combat this illness even when you’re already exhibiting its symptoms. Here are some basic things that you can do to fight this problem, whether you’re already suffering through it or not.
When you’re brushing your teeth, make sure that you don’t just breeze through them and call it a day. You already know that brushing at least two times daily is best, but you should make each brushing session last at least two minutes (remember to floss, too) to remove any dental plaque.
Toothpaste and the physical action of your toothbrush can only do so much, you need to rinse your entire mouth, too. Use a quality mouthwash with anti-microbial and periodontal disease protection properties. The alcohol in it will help kill and wash away germs in your mouth. Keep in mind though, that using mouthwash is meant to complement, and not substitute regular brushing.
Eat to Brush
If you simply couldn’t find the time to brush right after a meal, you could opt to eat abrasive food instead. Popcorn and crunchy vegetables like carrots and broccoli may help remove some dental plaque as you chew on them. Again, this is no substitute to proper dental hygiene.