Rubber Tipping: A Guide to Gum Health
Brushing and flossing are important aspects of our daily dental routine, but they’re only two parts of the oral health equation. Good oral hygiene goes beyond a simple teeth cleaning. While gum health is often overlooked, a quick trip to the drugstore is all it takes to find the right tools for keeping gums healthy! If you want to avoid the risk of gum disease, it’s time to introduce rubber tipping to your routine.
What is rubber tipping?
Rubber tipping is a technique that strengthens the gums with the use of a handheld dental instrument called a rubber tip gum stimulator. You simply apply pressure to the gums to help prevent gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease.
How do you use a gum stimulator?
- Brush and floss your teeth first to remove as much food debris as possible.
- Run the rubber tip of the gum stimulator under hot water to soften it for gentler use.
- Gently massage the gum line with the rubber tip. You can also run the stimulator between your teeth to remove any remaining food debris.
Why should I use a gum stimulator?
Gum stimulators are time-efficient, multipurpose instruments that improve overall oral health. They primarily stimulate the gum tissue to strengthen it against infection, but they also help with cavity prevention by assisting food and plaque removal.
How does rubber tipping affect jawbone health?
Jawbone loss is a serious concern that is linked to poor gum tissue health. Tooth loss is a primary symptom of gum disease, and it has a devastating impact on the jaw. With missing teeth, the jawbone no longer has something to support, and it begins to deteriorate from underuse. Jawbone loss drastically worsens jaw function and facial structure overtime.
Because gum stimulators are crucial in preventing gum disease, they also eliminate the need for procedures such as bone grafting, which promotes bone regeneration after the jaw has atrophied.
If you have any concerns about your gum health, consider adding rubber tipping to your dental care repertoire and give Dominik Dubravec, DDS, MMSc a call!