Key prevention tips for gum disease
Studies suggest almost half of adults aged 30 years and older have gum disease. Although gum disease is very common, luckily, it is also largely preventable. Let’s review a few ways to help prevent gum disease.
Tip #1 – See your dentist for regular 6-month exams
This tip is #1 for a reason. Because gum disease is difficult to detect, your best bet to catch and treat gum disease is by seeing your dentist for your regular 6-month exams. Worried about visiting us here at Timberhill Dental during the pandemic? Read on to learn more about what we’re doing to keep you and our Corvallis community safe.
Tip #2 – Practice a good oral hygiene routine at home
Brushing twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each day, paired with flossing, is the easiest way to help avoid dental problems down the road. Practicing this basic routine helps remove a large percentage of the plaque on your teeth, keeping it from hardening into tartar and slipping below the gum line.
You can also add a twice-daily mouthwash rinse into your routine to help reduce plaque.
Tip #3 – Maintain a balanced diet
A diet heavy in sugary or acid foods can promote plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth. Limit your consumption of sugary or acidic food and beverages.