The best way to prevent periodontal diseases and tooth decay is to remove the bacterial plaque by thorough brushing and flossing every day. Good oral hygiene habits will help keep the formation of dental tartar to a minimum. Professional cleanings at least twice a year is recommended along with a periodontal examination to detect any changes in your periodontal health.
The good news is that you can help prevent periodontal disease
by taking good care of your teeth every day and having regular dental checkups. Keep your teeth and gums healthy with these helpful gum disease prevention tips from Steven L. Atlas, D.M.D. in Exton, Pennsylvania.
Brush Your Teeth
Brush your teeth well twice a day. This removes the film of bacteria from the teeth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is in good condition. Toothpastes and mouth rinses containing fluoride strengthen the teeth and help prevent decay.
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Don't Forget to Floss
Clean between your teeth every day. Cleaning between your teeth with floss or interdental cleaners removes bacteria and food particles from between the teeth, where a toothbrush can't reach. Early periodontal disease can often be reversed by daily brushing and flossing. If you use interdental cleaners, ask your periodontist how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums.