No one likes to think about gum disease, but knowing about proper oral care can prevent it.
Keeping gums healthy
Given that gum disease is the largest single cause of tooth loss, maintaining healthy gums is vital for ensuring the perfect smile. Once your gums start to recede they don’t grow back, but by using an antiseptic mouthwash such as LISTERINE® Teeth Defence you can help to reduce the formation of plaque which ultimately causes gum disease.
Although most people brush regularly, many don't clean between their teeth and some people don't have regular dental check-ups. A few small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in the long run. Your dentist or dental hygienist can remove any build-up on your teeth and treat any gum disease that has already appeared, but daily dental care is up to you. Your main weapons are the toothbrush and interdental cleaning (cleaning between the teeth).
How do I keep my gums healthy:
Brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning and evening
Floss daily or use interdental brushes to clean between the teeth
Use a daily mouthwash after brushing and flossing
Change your toothbrush or brush head every three months
Monitor your eating habits, with fewer sugary foods and drinks
Try to give up smoking
Have regular dental check-ups