Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Care at home plays a key role in preventing and reversing gingivitis. Steps you can take at home include:
- Get regular professional dental cleanings, on a schedule recommended by your dentist.
- Use a soft toothbrush and replace it at least every three to four months.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush, which may be more effective at removing plaque and tartar.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, or better yet, after every meal or snack.
- Floss at least daily.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash, if recommended by your dentist.
- Use an interdental cleaner, such as a dental pick or dental stick specially designed to clean between your teeth.
- Don't rely on tartar-control toothpaste to do the job that brushing and flossing should do.
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