- Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which can make it easier to insert the floss between teeth.
- Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, a mouth rinse can reduce plaque up to 20 percent.
- Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque and only a healthy diet provides the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to prevent gum disease.
- Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
- Be aware that certain medications can also aggravate gum disease, including oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines.
- Exercise preventive care and schedule regular checkups — the surest way to detect early signs of periodontal disease.
- Have your dentist correct problems, such as faulty fillings, crowded teeth or teeth-grinding.
If you show any symptoms of gum disease, you must receive treatment before it becomes a dental emergency. At the Havrilla Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants located in Broomall, PA, our priority is attending to your comfort and concerns. Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality of periodontal and dental implant care in a warm and friendly environment.