While nearly epidemic, gum disease is much easier to prevent than most people realize. This is especially true regarding the act of gently massaging the soft tissue of the mouth. One of the most overlooked treatments for gum health is the gum massage, and incorporating it into your daily routine helps you prevent gingivitis and periodontitis.
What Does a Gum Massage Do?
Gum massages provide a couple of benefits that make gum disease treatment more effective.
Periodontal pockets are a common side effect of periodontitis. These spaces between the teeth in gums make it hard to remove the plaque, tartar, and bits of food from a tooth. Additionally, brushing and flossing the teeth can sometimes push these particles down into the pocket. Massaging the gums loosens and can remove debris from the periodontal pocket. Plaque and food particles are then easier to clear away.
Periodontal massage also keeps the gums in better overall health. Massaging your oral soft tissue increases blood flow to the area, allowing that tissue to repair itself more effectively. As a result, your gums will be less susceptible to the harmful effects of gingivitis and periodontitis.
How Should the Gums Be Massaged?
Gum massage can easily become part of your daily oral hygiene routine. The massage needs to occur twice a day in order to gain the best benefit. Slowly rub the gums using an extra soft toothbrush, placing the brush at a 45 degree angle. Gently press at the junction between your tooth and the gums and use accupressure-like movements for five seconds. Move the toothbrush horizontally around your entire mouth for two minutes. Then, to clean your teeth, use a soft manual or electric toothbrush for an additional two minutes. Both sides should be completed for a total of four minutes, twice a day.
Gum massage is effective when performed correctly, but it is no replacement for the skill set and training of Dr. Barnett. Be sure to schedule a periodontal visit with Dr. Barrett today, especially since the bacteria enters the gums every 42 to 90 days. Dr. Barrett will be able to assess your gum health and deliver the treatment and support necessary to keep your smile healthy.
Contact Us for More Gum Disease Advice
Kathleen E. Barrett DMD, PC provides gum disease treatments in Newton, Needham, Brookline, and the surrounding communities. For more information about our gum health services, or to schedule your next appointment, contact our practice today!