Do What You Can

There are lifestyle changes that you can make and dietary choices that you can modify to reduce your risk for gum disease. The one factor that you have no control over however, is your genetic makeup. Unfortunately, research has shown that if your family history indicates a tendency toward gum disease it is more likely to affect you as well. You don’t have to feel completely helpless in the fight, there are things that you can do to keep the disease from developing into full blown periodontitis.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and it can be controlled. The disease is caused by the bacteria in the plaque that naturally clings to your teeth but if you remove it by brushing and flossing every day you can avoid the buildup that leads to more serious stages. Flossing string can get between the teeth to get rid of the sticky plaque that hides there.

Know your risk level. Ask your family members if they have suffered from gum disease and if it turns out that they have alert your dentist to the trend. He and your hygienist can be on the lookout for early signs of trouble and remind you to schedule regular checkups and cleanings.

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