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How to Prevent Gingivitis


Gingivitis is typically caused by one simple fact: inadequate oral hygiene. While gingivitis is both mild and common, when left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. That’s why it’s important to prevent gingivitis.

How to prevent gingivitis

Here’s how:

  1. Brush Regularly: Start by keeping a regular oral hygiene schedule at home, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
  2. Use a Mouthwash: Adding mouthwash to a brushing routine can help reduce the risk of gum disease.
  3. Visit the Dentist Regularly: Your dentist may be able to spot signs of gingivitis even before you can. Make sure you have a dialogue with your dentist, ask any questions, and get their opinion.
  4. Pass it On: Instilling good oral care habits early so kids know the value of good oral health, and how to do it. And just like you, they should see the dentist every six months to a year; this way, you’ll maintain great oral health, and even better? The kids will be used to the dentist, and those visits won’t be such a big deal.

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