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Gum disease – or periodontitis, as it’s formally known – is one of the most prevalent oral health problems in America. It’s estimated that nearly 64.7 million American adults deal with it in one form or another.

The worst part, however, is the fact that gum disease is almost always preventable. There are some rare instances in which genetics play a part and you simply can’t escape it, but for most people, there are ways to ward it off.

Let’s look at what Dr. Norman B. Fine suggests doing to prevent 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.

Gum disease isn’t something to be taken lightly. If you have any signs or symptoms, call us today at 864-299-5900 to schedule an appointment.