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How to Prevent Gum Disease

how to prevent gum diseaseGum disease can occur when the bacteria in plaque gets underneath the gum line. This bacteria can infect and damage sensitive gum tissue and supportive tooth structures. Symptoms may not occur until extensive inflammation and damage has occurred. There are steps that you can take to minimize your risk of gum disease.

Good oral hygiene starts with proper and consistent home care of the teeth and gums. Brush teeth twice every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every three months or earlier if the bristles show signs of wear. Clean between teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners each day.

In addition to good oral hygiene practices, you can reduce your risk of gum disease by eating a healthy and balanced diet. Reduce snacking between meals and consumption of sugary foods and acidic beverages that promote the growth of bacteria that can lead to gum disease. If you have other health problems, such as diabetes, follow your doctor’s advice on managing your condition. If you smoke or drink alcohol, try to quit for better oral health.

Be sure to keep regular visits with your dental care provider to detect gum disease early for the least invasive treatment options. However, if you do develop gingivitis or the more severe periodontal gum disease, our dentist in West Hollywood can perform a deep cleaning through scaling and smooth rough root surfaces under the gum line with root planing. Periodontal surgery can be used in advanced cases.

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