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Nearly 64.7 million adults in the United States have mild, moderate, or severe gum disease, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control.

That’s a huge number, especially when you consider the fact that gum disease – or, as it’s formally known, periodontitis – is a largely preventable problem.

Let’s look at a few things your dentist recommends you do to avoid gum disease.

Healthy diet

One of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease is to eat a healthy diet. Diets high in sugary foods and drinks have a direct correlation to your oral health. Too much sugar causes plaque buildup, which causes gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease and the first warning sign that you need to change your diet and oral health habits.

Always floss

Brushing only cleans about 65% of a tooth’s surface. That means you miss 35% of your tooth if you don’t floss. This allows plaque to build up, which as we’ve already stated above, is what causes the earliest stages of gum disease.

Consistent oral health

By far and away the most important thing you can do is to establish a consistent oral health routine and follow it rigorously. This will ensure that you don’t end up with any potential problems that could lead to gum disease.

If you need more information or want a gum disease screening, call us today at 972.303.3600 to schedule an appointment.