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How to Prevent Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease and is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. For most patients, gingivitis can be prevented by establishing a complete daily oral care routine and seeing your dentist regularly for a thorough professional tooth cleaning.

Establish a Daily Oral Care Routine

Prevention of gingivitis comes down to maintaining a basic, daily oral care routine. Twice daily brushing and flossing once a day will help keep plaque from causing problems. However, brushing alone only reaches 25% of your mouth.

Antiseptic mouthwash like LISTERINE® rinse reaches virtually 100% of your mouth so adding mouthwash to your routine twice daily can further reduce your risk of gum disease.

See Your Dentist Regularly

Seeing your dentist at least once every six months is a great way to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Professional cleanings and routine exams can prevent most oral health issues like gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist is capable of spotting signs of gum disease before you are.

Also, it’s important that if you experience tender or bloody gums, receding gums, persistent bad breath, or loose teeth, it is time to schedule an appointment.

Practice Good Habits

In addition to seeing your dentist regularly, here are a few easy steps that can help reduce your risk for gingivitis and other dental problems:

Use Mouthwash

Twice daily use of an ADA-Accepted mouthwash is clinically proven to prevent and reduce gingivitis. So rinse away.

Choose Your Solutions for Gum Disease:

All LISTERINE® mouthwashes kill bad-breath germs and freshen breath to get your whole mouth clean.

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