What makes gum tissue healthy?
Pink, firm, stippled gum tissue completely filling spaces between the teeth. It has probing depths generally no more than 3mm and is without bleeding or pain.
Healthy tissues should not be red, puffy, sensitive, or bleed.
How can you keep your gums healthy and prevent gingivitis?
- Brush twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste that contains an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush in small circular movements along the gum line and chewing surfaces of your teeth. A power toothbrush may make brushing easier and more efficient.
- Floss daily.
- Rinse with an antiplaque, anti-gingivitis mouthwash.
- Visit your dentist or dental hygienist every 6 months. This will help to clear unwanted bacteria and keep the tissue in its current healthy state.