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How To Prevent and Treat Gum Disease?

Do you know the facts about gum disease?

On average, 50% of American Adults between the ages of 30 and 90 suffer from bleeding gums. People with diabetes are 2x more likely to develop serious gum disease. Gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults 35 and older. Smoking, crooked teeth, defective fillings, pregnancies, and use of oral contraceptives are some factors that increase the risk of gum disease. The bacteria that causes gum disease can be passed from one person to another.

Luckily, periodontal disease can be preventable. Adding the following habits to your daily routine can help:

  • Brush your teeth. Remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums by brushing after meals. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.

  • Floss. Remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach by flossing at least once a day.

  • Swish with mouthwash. Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.

  • Know your risk. Age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to discuss your options with your dental professional.

  • Diet. A diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in foods like fish and nuts, can help lower the risks of gum disease.

  • See a Dentist. Get an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) from a dental professional. A CPE looks at your teeth, plaque level, gums, bite, bone structure and other risk factors for periodontal disease. The key to protecting your teeth and gums is to identify the symptoms of gum disease early.

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