How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is estimated to affect approximately half of all adults in the U.S. The good news is that with improved oral hygiene habits, periodontal disease may be preventable.
The number one way for you to prevent periodontal disease is by having a good brushing and flossing routine. We’ll discuss brushing and flossing technique to help you get the most out of your home care routine and also recommend products that can help to improve your oral health.
Brushing and flossing are the perfect first step, but they aren’t the only things you should be doing. Regular hygiene visits at our office are also crucial for disease prevention. We’ll examine your gums and clean any lingering plaque and tartar deposits – especially in those hard-to-reach places like between your teeth or beneath the gumline.
Some risk factors for gum disease are out of your control, such as your genetics, your gender, or your age. There are, however, additional steps you can take to improve the health of your gums:
- Don’t smoke. Smoking greatly increases your risk of developing gum disease.
- Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. These help your body fight off disease.
- Get plenty of exercise and rest. These also contribute to a healthy immune system.
Call our office today to schedule an assessment for periodontal disease today.
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