Gingivitis the earliest form of gum disease and is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth. If you see your dentist regularly for a tooth cleaning, and maintain a complete daily oral care routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing, you can help prevent the early stages of gum disease.
Brush twice daily, and floss once a day, and you’re maintaining a basic routine of oral care. Keep in mind, though, that brushing only reaches 25% of your mouth. In preventing gum disease, you likely want more coverage. Add mouthwash to your oral care and you could further reduce your risk. An antiseptic mouthwash such as LISTERINE® reaches virtually 100% of your mouth.
Gum Disease - A Dentist Knows
Professional cleanings and routine exams from your dentist, at least once every six months, can prevent most oral health issues like gum disease. In addition to helping keep your mouth clean and healthy, a dentist or hygienist may spot signs of gum disease you can’t.
It’s time to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing tender or bloody gums, receding gum tissue, persistent bad breath or loose teeth.
Good Habits To Avoid Gum Disease
Yes, gum disease can be best identified and treated by a dentist, but here’s what you can do:
- Use floss or an interdental flosser to get between your teeth once a day
- Twice daily, brush gently
- Rinse twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash such as LISTERINE®
- Choose a healthy, balanced diet
- Reduce your smoking or don’t smoke at all