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Gum disease (formally known as periodontal disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in the US. It’s a serious problem that will only get worse if patients do not receive dental attention. Dr. Mark Baker offers these three tips to prevent gum disease in the first place.

1. Develop an effective oral hygiene routine. Gum disease evolves from gingivitis, a gum inflammation caused by plaque buildup around and under the gum line. Without a good oral health routine to regularly remove plaque from the teeth, your smile is at major risk of developing gum disease. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash every day will prevent plaque buildup.
2. Visit the dentist regularly. We highly encourage that you visit the dentist at least every six months, as this will greatly improve your oral health and and reduce your risk of contracting gum disease. Our experienced hygienist team can spot any potential problem areas in your smile and remove any hardened plaque–a process known as scaling–that can’t be removed with at-home care.
3. Eat a diet that benefits your oral health. Your diet directly affects the health of your teeth and gums. If you frequently drink soda and eat foods high in sugar or acid, your teeth and gums are at a major disadvantage in preventing gum disease. Health experts have found a strong link between gum disease and all of the aforementioned foods. If your diet is off balance, you are more likely to struggle with one form or another of gum disease.

If you are interested in receiving a gum disease screening and would like to speak with our dentist about additional gum disease prevention at our office in St. George, Utah, call 435-628-0621 and schedule your visit to Premier Dental.