Periodontal (gum) disease is common and often preventable. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to establish and consistently practice good oral hygiene. The most important factors are good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Good Oral Hygiene: Floss daily and brush your teeth at least 2 times each day for at least 2 minutes. Most people fall short with how long they spend brushing so an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer (such as Sonicare) can be very helpful. Our office also recommends using Listerine antiseptic mouth rinse along with brushing and flossing.
Regular Dental Visits: It is recommended that even the healthiest of mouths be seen every six months for a professional cleaning and examination. Some individuals have risk factors such as prior gum disease, smoking, dry mouth, medications and braces which may require more frequent professional visits to ensure excellent oral health.