How to Use a Gum Stimulator
Gum stimulators aren't difficult to use, but it's important to keep in mind that they aren't a replacement for toothbrushing and flossing. If you're going to introduce one to your oral care routine, use it after you brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, like the Colgate 360° Enamel Health Soft Toothbrush for Sensitive Teeth, which has 48 percent softer bristles, and after flossing.
Place the rubber tip of the stimulator between two teeth, at a 45 degree angle. Using a gentle, circular motion, massage the gumline. Repeat until you've massaged each space between your teeth. You can also gently run the tip of the stimulator along the bottom edge of your teeth, right where they meet the gums. Doing so will remove any excess plaque and food caught between the teeth.
If you're not sure how to use a stimulator or you're worried that your technique isn't correct, you can ask your dentist or dental hygienist for advice and a demonstration at your next appointment. As with brushing your teeth, you want to avoid using too much force or pressure when you use a gum stimulator. When it comes to your teeth and gums, gentle is always the way to go.
You'll want to replace the tip on the stimulator every so often. One way to get into the habit of changing the tip is to replace it whenever you get a new toothbrush.
Do you need to stimulate your gums? If you have a history of gum disease or a family history of gum problems, using one couldn't hurt. You can always ask your dentist or dental hygienist for guidance.