Treating Stage 1 Periodontal Disease
You’ve just returned from the dentist, and he’s told you that you’re showing early signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease? Early stages? What does this all mean? It means that your dentist has caught it in time and with proper treatment, the effects of early stage periodontal disease are reversible.
Stage 1 Periodontal Disease – Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. If you are suffering from gingivitis, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Pus around the teeth and gums
- Sensitive teeth
Most often brought on by poor oral hygiene, harmful bacteria collect in the mouth and weaken the gum tissue. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. These stages are much more severe and can lead to serious infections and tooth loss.
Treating Stage 1 Periodontal Disease - Gingivitis
While preventing gingivitis is always preferred, you can reverse the effects of gingivitis when detected early. By following a good oral health care routine, you can fight plaque and bacteria, in turn stopping gingivitis.
Choose Perfect Smile Oral Care Products
Used regularly, Perfect Smile Oral Care products will help improve your general dental health and fight gingivitis naturally. Perfect Smile Oral Care products contain dentist approved ingredients that are uniquely combined for increased effectiveness. It’s unique ingredient, MicroActive® Coq10, has been proven twelve times more easily absorbed than traditional CoQ10. If you have mild symptoms of gingivitis, you can expect to see improvement within several weeks of following good oral hygiene practices using Perfect Smile products.
Choose the Right Toothbrush
When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, if you have a large mouth, you may prefer a large head. If your mouth is smaller, for comfort, you may prefer a small head so that you can properly clean the back of your mouth. No matter the size you choose, choose a brush with soft bristles.
Additionally, it is up to you as to whether you choose a manual or electric toothbrush. But, with both of these styles of toothbrush, be sure to make sure that the bristles are not worn or frayed and that you rinse your brush thoroughly after each use.
While you may think that brushing your teeth twice each day is enough, brushing your teeth in the correct manner is equally important. When brushing your teeth:
- Split your mouth into four quadrants
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
- Spend at least 30 seconds per quadrant
The Importance of Flossing
Your dentist and hygienist probably ask you about your flossing habits at each dental visit. It’s because daily flossing is important. Floss daily to remove debris from in between teeth which are prime sites for the development of gum disease. Using a length of dental floss about 18 inches long, slip the floss between your teeth and into areas between your teeth and gums as far as it will go and use up to 10 vertical strokes to dislodge food and plaque.
Use Perfect Smile CoQ10 Mouthwash
Use Perfect Smile CoQ10 alcohol-free mouthwash and rinse for at least 20 seconds after brushing and/or flossing. This will help to remove remaining bacteria and reinvigorate gum tissue. Perfect Smile Mouthwash contains MicroActive® CoQ10 Complex, Vitamin C, and Xylitol, which help invigorate your gum tissue and promote oral health.
Remember: With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dental health provider, gingivitis can be reversed. Periodontal disease does not have to progress when you take control of your oral health.