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What is the best toothpaste for gingivitis?
What is the best toothpaste for gingivitis? Brushing with the right toothpaste can help protect you against gingivitis and prevent the later (and more serious) stage of gum disease from ever developing. Swollen, tender gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing are common symptoms of gingivitis. Once the plaque in your mouth has had the chance to harm your teeth and gums for long enough, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, the more advanced stage of gum disease. Your gums can recede, forming pockets and exposing areas of your teeth. Untreated periodontitis can lead to a breakdown of bone and connective tissue, and eventually tooth loss. The oral care products that you use to take care of your teeth and gums can make a difference in the fight against gum disease.
A Germ Fighting Toothpaste
One of your best weapons against gingivitis is your toothpaste. Look for one that is able to fight plaque and gingivitis and destroy the germs in your mouth that form plaque. You also want to look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance for effective plaque and gingivitis control.
Gingivitis is caused by the harmful bacteria in plaque that can irritate and infect your gums. A toothpaste like Colgate Total Gum Defense can fight germs for up to 12 hours, helping to fight plaque and tartar and prevent gingivitis. Brush at least twice a day for 24-hour gingivitis protection. Spend two minutes brushing your teeth. Don't forget to brush the gum line to remove food particles and bacteria from the area where your gum and teeth meet. Tilt your brush at a 45 degree angle and gently brush back and forth at the gumline. Brush all surfaces and then finish cleaning your mouth by brushing your tongue.
Complete Oral Care for Gingivitis
Using the best toothpaste for gingivitis is one part of a gum-protecting oral care routine. Floss daily as well to remove plaque from in between teeth and under the gumline. See your dentist every six months. Your dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar and plaque that has built up on your teeth. If you are showing signs of gingivitis or gum disease, he or she may recommend that you come for cleanings more than twice a year.
If you have a family history of gingivitis, then you may be more at risk for developing gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, up to 30 percent of the U.S. population has a genetic predisposition for gum disease. Even if you do not notice signs of gingivitis, take great care of your teeth with good daily habits and effective oral care products, and see your dentist regularly to make sure your gums are healthy.
Learn more about gingivitis in the Colgate Oral Care resources.