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Prevention and Gum Disease

Prevention is critical at all ages to keep your smile healthy.  The best ways to prevent cavities and gum disease are:

  • Brush at least 2/day with a fluoridated toothpaste to mechanically remove plaque.  Always use a soft bristle toothbrush.  An electric brush may be beneficial for people with dexterity issues, trouble brushing for a full 2 minutes, or even if you just enjoy the smooth, clean feeling like you're at the dentist!

  • Floss at least 1/day to reach the areas in between your teeth that are missed by brushing.

  • Visit your dental professionals at least once every 6 months.  Consider preventive procedures such as sealants and/or fluoride varnish.

  • Avoid sugary foods, especially at night before bed.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects the important supporting structures of the teeth.  In its early, reversible stage (gingivitis) it causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums.  Left untreated, the infection can cause irreversible damage (periodontitis) and may result in tooth loss.  Periodontitis requires treatment, more frequent visits and possibly alternating care between our office and a specialist.  Gum disease can be prevented by good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office.  

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