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As the number-one cause of tooth loss in adults in America, periodontitis, or gum disease as it’s commonly referred to, is a huge problem. It not only causes teeth to fall out, but eats away at your jawbone and leads to heart disease and some cancers.

So it’s only common sense to do what you can in order to prevent contracting gum disease. To do so, you should follow the tips below.

Regular checkups

By far the most effective way to prevent gum disease is to undergo regular dental checkups and to ask Dr. Maria Boutsikos, DMD to double check for periodontitis. Of course, she is already looking out for your overall health, but a gentle reminder can help ensure you get the oral health care you need.

Understand risks

Certain things put you at a higher risk for contracting gum disease. In fact, it can actually be hereditary. If your family has a history of gum disease, you need to stay on top of your oral health to prevent it. Also, tobacco use, diet, and age put you at risk for periodontitis as well.

Clean those gums

When you brush your teeth, only around 65% of your tooth’s surface gets cleaned. The rest – the spaces between your teeth, and near your gum line – doesn’t. Flossing helps clean these spaces, getting rid of food and bacteria that cause gum disease.

If you suspect you have any preliminary symptoms of gum disease, or if you want to get screened to make sure that you’re in good oral health, call us today at 941-549-8930.