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How to Treat Gingivitis at Home 
in 2 Simple Steps

Treating gingivitis is all about quality AND quantity. Good brushing (and eventually flossing) technique.

Either one alone won't do the trick.  You can brush 10 times a day with the fanciest electric toothbrush but without good technique you won't make much progress.  

With a little effort anyone can drastically improve the health of their gums in just a few minutes a day.

Don't worry, I will show you exactly what to do. 

In this article, learn how you can effectively treat gingivitis at home without spending a fortune on expensive products.  

All you need for the first step is a $2 soft bristled toothbrush. Any brand will do.

Got your toothbrush?  Let's get started!

For the first week don't worry about flossing your teeth. Did I say that out loud?

That's right...you get a one week guilt-free vacation from flossing!

If you try to floss gums that are inflammed, swollen and sore you will get discouraged and give up.  

First things first...Before you floss, you have to get your gums in better shape.

Use your toothbrush…but in a different way

Using good technique, brush for two minutes with your favorite toothpaste as usual.

Rinse your mouth but don't put your toothbrush away...go get comfortable no need to stand at the sink.....Plop yourself down in front of the TV or in your favorite chair.

Massage Your Gums

Without a mouth full of foaming toothpaste you can really focus on your gums and give them some much needed attention.

With the toothbrush angled toward your gums and pressed in just enough to force the bristles between your teeth and gently under your gums, brush in a circular motion for another 5-10 minutes.

Watch this video demonstration and learn how to give yourself a healing gum massage here.

Step 2

Gingivitis Treatment: Week 2

Now that you have begun the healing process by gently massaging your sore gums each day for a week, you are ready to floss....you knew it had to happen sometime:)

Review the instructions for good flossing technique.

  • Floss your lower front and upper front four or six teeth. Be sure to use good form.
  • Watch yourself in the mirror until you are sure the floss is wrapping around your tooth and sliding between your tooth and gum...it should go under your gum. 
  • Once you have it down, quit looking in the mirror and go by feel.
  • When you are confident about your technique, add a tooth or two each day working your way back to your molars.   
  • Always check for smoothness with your tongue. Rough or fuzzy areas on your teeth should be flossed or brushed again.

You may need another 10 minute gum massage or two while your gums are getting used to being flossed.

Flossing is a not easy but is worth the effort.  Don't give up:)

You should be flossing all the way back to your molars now and having very little or no bleeding at all. Your gums should look pinker, firmer and tighter against your teeth.  Your whole mouth will feel cleaner, fresher and healthier too.

What you should know

A professional cleaning is important to have your gum pockets measured and evaluated. 

If you had gingivitis for a long time you might have gum disease that needs professional treatment.

If you still have gingivitis symptoms, look at these contributing factors. 

If you don't see improvement in your symptoms after two weeks, see your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist sooner if symptoms worsen.


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