Prevention of gum disease

While gum disease is most common in adults, it can affect anyone, even children. So good dental habits are important throughout your life:

  • Brush your teeth 2 times a day, in the morning and before bedtime, with a fluoride toothpaste.

  • Floss your teeth once each day.

  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and teeth cleaning.

  • Don’t use tobacco products.

If you think you have a mild case of gum disease, make sure to take care of it before it gets worse. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy and getting regular checkups from your dentist can keep the disease from getting worse.

Having gum disease may increase a pregnant woman’s risk of having a premature, low-birth-weight baby. Also, studies have found a direct link between heart disease and the bacteria that cause gum disease. So taking good care of your teeth and gums may have benefits beyond keeping your mouth healthy.

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