Gum Stimulators and What They Can Do To Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 4/15/2020 by City Smiles DC
Some patients wonder if gum stimulators can actually enhance their oral health. We believe they can be beneficial when they are used correctly. The following information will give you further details about using a gum stimulator to improve your periodontal health.
How Can a Gum Stimulator Improve My Oral Health?
Before you learn more about the reasons for using a gum stimulator, you need to know why it is designed and, basically, what it is. A gum stimulator is a dental tool that is made to enhance blood circulation through the gum tissue. It features an angled handle and a cone-shaped tip made of a rubber material. A gum stimulator is used for two reasons – to exercise the gums and stimulate the blood flow. This loosens the plaque that builds up along the gum line.
How Do I Use a Gum Stimulator?
To use the gum stimulator, you need to massage the edge of the gums (front and back) with small circular motions. Do this for about ten seconds on each tooth. To loosen up the plaque along the gum line, slide the pointed tip of the stimulator just below the line, placing the edge of the tool against the tooth's enamel. Rinse your mouth often to remove the loosened plaque. To disinfect and clean the stimulator after use, place it in a solution of two parts hydrogen peroxide and one-part water.
If you currently have a problem with weakened gum, a gum stimulator can work wonders. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, using a gum stimulator can prevent spread of the disease. Otherwise, regular brushing and flossing should be enough to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. We will recommend the use of a gum stimulator if we believe it will benefit weakened gums. Contact our office today with any dental inquiries you may have.