What can I do to prevent gum disease?
Coming in for regular cleanings with one of our excellent dental hygienists will help keep your gums in great shape, but what you do at home matters as well. Brush twice daily and floss every evening. Our hygienists will be happy to show you good brushing and flossing technique.
Other steps you can take to prevent gum disease include:
- Don't smoke or chew tobacco
- Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash. We'll be happy to recommend one.
- If you have a health condition that can affect your dental health such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, please let us know so that we can take extra steps to help keep your gums healthy.
Periodontal disease is a condition that includes "pocketing" of the gum tissue around teeth as well as bone loss. It can be treated and maintained, but often requires an initial "deep cleaning" called scaling and root planing, followed by more frequent visits throughout the year for periodontal maintenance cleanings.