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How to Prevent Gingivitis

...without spending a fortune

How to prevent gingivitis? The answer is simple.

With all the ads for expensive products and home gadgets, you may think you need to spend a lot of money to improve your health.  

You don't!

You can make simple changes that won't cost you a dime and will improve your health dramatically.

Don't get me wrong, I love all the fancy electric toothbrushes and oral irrigators.

But, if you like to keep things simple and very affordable, you can do it by following these simple steps.

Get more from your toothbrush

It's amazing how much you can do with a toothbrush.  Almost everyone can improve the way they brush their teeth.

Just an inexpensive soft bristled toothbrush can prevent gingivitis if used early, often, and with the right brushing technique.

Become an expert at brushing and learn to massage your gums, then do it longer and more otfen.

Quite often adjusting your brushing style is all it takes to prevent or cure gingivitis.

Floss

how to prevent gingivitis

Wish you could get motivated to floss?

Using dental floss is another inexpensive (but unpopular) way to prevent gingivitis.

Flossing is not easy for some and absolutely impossible for others.

Here are some tips to make flossing easier.

If you can't wrap your brain (or your fingers) around the idea of flossing try using floss picks.  

floss picks

Floss picks can be found at many stores and you can buy what seems like a lifetime supply quite affordably.  Floss picks work well and are the only flossing option for many. 

Diet makes a difference

Avoid sugar whenever possible. Sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and even fruit juices are high in sugar and can be very acidic.

If you drink sugary drinks, drink them quickly instead of sipping all day. Better yet....just drink water.

Carbohydrates turn to sugar and can also cause an increase in plaque.

Helpful products

Fluoride not only prevents cavities but stannous fluoride also slows the growth of gingivitis causing bacteria. If you have gingivitis, look for stannous fluoride in your mouthwash and toothpaste. Some Crest ProHealth products have stannous fluoride.

If you can tolerate the taste...Listerine Mouthwash is great for gingivitis. It kills the bacteria that cause gingivitis.

Home remedies

Home remedies are a good cure for gingivitis. Brushing or rinsing with diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or salt water.

These are great for treating sore, bleeding gums but could be too strong to use everyday and are not needed for daily prevention.

Dental gadgets

There are alot of smaller and very affordable dental gadgets that help prevent or cure gingivitis.

Floss threaders, super-floss, proxa brushes, perio-aides, or just plain toothpicks can keep your teeth and gums healthy.  

Many dentists give samples of these and other products.  Just ask!


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