Brushing, Flossing, and Dental Cleanings: How to Fight Gingivitis By Roger B. Parkes, DMD on March 06, 2018

Gingivitis is a dental health issue that signifies the early stages of gum disease.

Gingivitis occurs when bacteria begins to build up around the gum line, causing inflammation of your gum tissue. Gingivitis is treatable, but protecting your mouth from gingivitis is easy!

Properly brushing your teeth is key to keeping a healthy mouth. Some things to remember when brushing include:

Use a soft bristle brush
Avoid brushing aggressively
Brush the inner, outer and chewing surface of your teeth
Brush your tongue

Flossing is an important part of your dental hygiene routine. Flossing is able to reach places that your toothbrush cannot, under the gums and between your teeth. To learn the proper way to floss, click here.

Dental Cleanings
If plaque does build up and forms into tartar, a professional cleaning will need to be performed to remove the bacteria. Your dentist or periodontist will perform a scaling and root planing procedure that cleans beneath the gum line to remove any tartar that may have formed. 

When you practice good dental hygiene and schedule regular trips to the dentist, your chances of dental health issues, like gingivitis, significantly decreases. 

Are you in need of a periodontist in the Jackson, MS area? If so, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today.

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Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart are committed to providing patients in Clinton, Ridgeland, and Jackson, MS, with high-quality care in a comfortable setting. They are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Jackson Dental Society

To schedule a consultation at our periodontal practice, contact us online or call (601) 956-1230.

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