Preventing Gum Disease

Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities. At least three out of four adults are affected by periodontal disease at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by daily thorough tooth brushing and flossing techniques, and regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent dental care at home, people can still develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progression.

Other important factors that can negatively affect the health of your gums include: tobacco usage, stress, clenching and grinding teeth, some medical conditions and medications, and poor nutrition.