Gum disease is so common in humans that many people think it’s unavoidable. However, just changing your daily habits can easily prevent it. If you have gum disease, you are putting yourself at risk for other more serious diseases. Many illnesses stem from poor oral care, so taking small steps to prevent gum disease will go a long way in maintaining and improving your overall health. Here are some ways to help prevent gum disease.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Any dentist will tell you to brush and floss your teeth regularly, so much to the point where you get tired of hearing it. However, preventing periodontal disease is sometimes as simple as getting on a regular brushing and flossing schedule. Brush after every meal and floss at least once a day to ensure no food particles get trapped. The main point is to ensure bacteria don’t hide out anywhere in your mouth, as this can slowly develop into gum disease.
Mouthwash shouldn’t be the only thing you use to prevent gum disease, but it’s still important to incorporate into your routine. Just a simple swish of mouthwash after you brush or floss can help get rid of any tiny food particles you may have missed.
Understand Your Risk for Gum Disease
While it’s easy to prevent periodontal disease, it’s also important to know whether you are at a higher risk for getting it. If you smoke, are getting older or just have bad genetics, you could have an increased risk of developing gum disease. Be sure and let your dentist know so he can recommend gum disease treatment and be able to give you more tips on how to prevent it from occurring.
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