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How to Prevent Gum Disease

How to Prevent Gum DiseasePeriodontal disease is an infection that strikes the gums and other periodontal tissues. Although periodontal disease is extremely common, it is also highly preventable. With the right care, you can keep your gums and the supporting structures of your teeth healthy and free of periodontal disease.

1. Brush.
Use a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush to brush your teeth twice a day every day. Spend about two minutes at a time brushing your teeth, and take the time to clean each surface of each tooth as thoroughly as possible. Replace your toothbrush when the bristles look worn, after illness or after three months.

2. Floss.
Your toothbrush cannot clean all parts of your teeth, which is why flossing is so important. Floss daily or use an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth and in the areas near the gum line.

3. Eat a balanced diet.
The right diet will include plenty of nutrients to nourish your teeth and gums while being limited in processed, starchy or sweet foods, which can feed oral bacteria instead.

4. Kick bad habits.
If you smoke or drink heavily, quitting can help lower your risk of gum disease.

5. Visit us regularly.
Regular checkups and cleanings can keep your teeth and gums cleaner and healthier, but they can also give us a chance to spot the earliest signs of gum disease for prompt, effective treatments.

Give us a call today to learn more about how you can keep your gums healthy or to schedule your next checkup with our expert in periodontal treatments in West Hollywood.

 

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