Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease and is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth.

Establish a Daily Oral Care Routine

Prevention of gingivitis comes down to maintaining a basic, daily oral care routine. A twice-daily routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash prevents odor-causing bacteria from taking hold in the mouth. 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®
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.

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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.