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Did you know you can treat your gum disease at home? Well, it’s true! However, that is only after you’ve visited Dr. Michael King and received the professional treatments needed to restore your oral health.

After your appointment at Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke, it’s best to do the following things at home to help your gums prevent and heal from gum disease:

Step No. 1: Floss your teeth at least once a day. Many people find it easier to floss with waxed dental floss, but you can use whichever product you prefer. As you floss, make sure you clean in and around the gumline. This helps remove the plaque and bacteria that irritate and infect your gums.

Step No. 2: Brush your teeth two or three times a day if possible. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. However, some dentists recommend using a toothpaste that contains triclosan, which is an antibacterial ingredient that helps with the bacterial infection.

Step No. 3: If you have a water irrigator, like Water Pik or Hydro Floss, irrigate your gums twice per day. This task can massage your gums, eliminate plaque from your smile, and clean around dental work, like dental bridges, crowns, and implants.

Step No. 4: Rinse your mouth two to three times a day with antimicrobial mouthwash. This will help reduce the bacteria in your mouth and prevent further infection. If your dentist recommended using a prescription mouthwash, make sure to use that product instead. If not, an over-the-counter mouthwash will do the trick.

Step No. 5: If your dentist prescribed antibiotic gel for your gums, make sure to apply it twice a day after you brush, floss, and irrigate. This will help you kill bacteria and keep your periodontal infection under control.

Step No. 6: Take all of the oral antibiotics your dentist prescribed to you. This will help kill the infection and will also prevent the formation of new bacterial colonies, especially after a surgical treatment. Make sure to take the antibiotics as recommended.

Call our office today at 703-801-6166 and schedule an appointment if you have any questions or if you think you’re a victim of gum disease in Burke, Virginia. The sooner you call our office the sooner we can help you save your smile!