It’s hard to believe, but half of Americans have been diagnosed with gum disease. In 2010, the CDC announced that 47% of adults have periodontitis in a mild, moderate, or severe form. Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease, but we can catch it early and address it with a simple cleaning every six months.

To ensure you have the best gum and dental health, there are some actions you can take on your own and with the help of Dr. Khan at IKON Dental Group.

What Are Some Tips for Preventing Gum Disease?

Have Regular Cleanings

During a regular dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. They, along with your dentist, will also look at the health of your gums and build a treatment plan if any action needs to be taken. Make sure to schedule cleaning every six months to maintain good gum health.

Floss Regularly

Flossing at least once a day is vital to gum health. It removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth and along the gumline and can help maintain the health of your gums and prevent disease.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for the health of your overall body. Quitting smoking can improve the health of your gums and ensure you have less of a risk of developing serious gum disease.

Use Mouthwash

While brushing and flossing regularly are crucial for gum health, mouthwash can give your teeth and gums an extra layer of protection from plaque, bacteria, and disease. Swishing with mouthwash at least once a day can remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and along your gumline and keep everything healthy and clean.

Schedule a Consultation

At Ikon Dental Group in Plainville, CT, we can help you prevent and treat gum disease as well as a variety of other dental and periodontal conditions. Come visit IKON Dental Group today and achieve the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always wanted. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Khan by calling our Plainville, CT office at (860) 400-0196 or using our online contact form.