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Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums.
You can help prevent and reverse early stages of gum disease by taking good care of your teeth and coming in for regular dental checkups. This is when we can screen for bleeding, redness and other symptoms. Here’s what you can do at home to prevent gum disease:
- Brush your teeth well twice a day. Brushing removes the film of bacteria from the teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride.
- Clean between your teeth every day. Cleaning between your teeth with floss or interdental cleaners removes bacteria and food particles from the places between the teeth where a toothbrush can't reach.
- Eat a balanced diet. Choose a variety of foods including grains, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish and dairy. Limit processed foods, foods high in sugar and snacks between meals.