What are the best ways to prevent gum disease?

Preventing gum disease is important to your overall health at any age, and the risk increases as you age. The CDC estimates that over 30 percent of Americans over 30 have some level of gum disease. Once people reach the age of 65, this number soars to over 70 percent. This is an alarming statistic since gum disease is preventable with proper home and professional care.

Brush Teeth at Least Twice Daily

Skimming a toothbrush over your teeth is not enough to remove plaque and protect your gums. Using the proper technique and brushing for a full two minutes will help you get the most out of your home hygiene.

Floss Teeth Daily

People commonly skip flossing, though it is essential to your gum health. We recommend waxed floss to prevent fraying and for ease of use. Be sure to floss in between each tooth and behind the back teeth.

Professional Dental Exams and Cleanings

Even if you are dedicated to brushing and flossing each day, tartar will still develop between teeth and below your gumline. Professional dental cleanings remove tartar before it causes inflammation in the form of gum disease. You will have a fresh clean smile to show off by the time you leave our St. Petersburg dental office.

Dental exams will identify any oral health concerns when they are less serious and easier to treat.