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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can become serious if left untreated. But did you know that there are ways you can help prevent gum disease right at home? Today our team is going to give you a beginner’s guide to fighting gum disease.

Basic oral hygiene practices can be a great place to start in preventing gum disease. Brushing your teeth after meals with fluoride toothpaste can help remove food debris and plaque that tends to become trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget, bacteria also love hiding on places like your tongue so don’t forget to scrub there too.

Flossing is one of the best ways you can prevent gum disease. By flossing at least once a day, you are removing food and plaque between the teeth and along the gum line, where your toothbrush generally cannot reach.

Other practices include: not smoking, rinsing with a mouthwash, knowing your genetics and going to the dentist every six months for routine professional cleanings.

If you are experiencing swollen gums, gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath or taste, loose teeth or a change in the way your teeth fit together, please give our office a call today at 734.668.6612. Our dentist will work with you to treat the problem and help you create a prevention plan.