How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Be a dental-care action hero by taking these steps to zap plaque and banish periodontal disease:
Visit your dentist twice annually, or at the very least once a year: By getting regular check-ups and cleanings, your dental professionals can spot early gum disease – even if you don’t experience symptoms. And then they can treat and possibly stop gum disease from advancing.
Make your home oral health care routine non-negotiable: Even if you’re rushed in the morning or bone-tired at night, we know you can find two minutes or so twice a day to remove plaque.
- With fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, brush your teeth properly at least once in the morning and once before bedtime.
- Floss once a day (maybe after brushing at night). Also called interdental cleaning, flossing removes plaque from the areas brushing doesn’t get to
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash daily
- Replace your toothbrush at least every three months to keep the bristles at their most effective
Keep healthy in mind and body: Your oral health can affect your overall health – and vice versa. Since certain risk factors might increase your chance of developing gum disease, maybe it’s time to do the right things:
- Eat a balanced diet, which includes not going overboard on plaque-loving sugar and other carbs. (Diabetes is a risk factor.)
- Give up smoking and other tobacco products – including chewing tobacco.
- Switch from medications that cause dry mouth to ones that don’t.
- Reduce your stress. Meditation, yoga, exercise, keeping a gratitude journal, changing your lifestyle – whatever decreases your stress is a good thing even if your gums are in perfect condition.
By taking preventative action, your gums should have a long, happy, pink and disease-free life.