Did you know that February is Gum Disease Awareness Month? According to the CDC, a little over 47% of adults (aged 30 and older) have some form of gum disease, and this number increases to a little over 70% for adults who are 65 years and older. In the spirit of the season, we thought we’d share some oral hygiene tips to raise awareness and help you avoid developing gum disease yourself.
Practice Daily Oral Hygiene
The great thing is that a lot of what you should be doing to keep your teeth clean also helps to prevent gum disease. That includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. It also includes flossing at least once a day to remove any plaque that may have built up around your gums.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
The dentist isn’t only there when you need to restore or repair your teeth after a dental issue. They’re there for prevention as well! You can help prevent the development of gum disease by visiting the dentist twice a year for your regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. During these visits, your dental hygienist will skillfully remove any plaque or tartar that might otherwise contribute to gum disease.
Say No to Tobacco
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products significantly increases your chance of developing gum disease. On top of that, it makes it even harder for your gums to heal once gum disease has already appeared. And we all know that saying no to tobacco isn’t just good for your smile but your overall wellness too.
We Have Answers at Chandler Dental Center
Want more oral hygiene tips? Whether you still have questions about preventing gum disease or you’re concerned about another dental-related topic, reach out to us at Chandler Dental Center. Our friendly team would be delighted to help you get some answers.
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