Teeth. Some of us keep them. Some of us don't.
See where yours may be headed and how gum disease affects the rest of your
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intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.
Preventing gum disease starts with your toothbrush. Brush twice a day for two minutes at a time.
This is really important because just brushing doesn’t remove germs and gunk between your teeth.
Bleeding gums are a common sign of gum disease. Talk to your dentist or health care provider about this.
Regular checkups are an important step in gum disease prevention. That buildup on your teeth (tartar) needs to be removed professionally.
The sugar in sweet drinks feeds on germs that cause cavities. Drinking water throughout the day, especially from the tap, is one of the best things you can do for your mouth.
Smoking (or other tobacco usage) is one of the leading risks for gum disease.
People with diabetes are more likely to develop infections. Gum disease is an infection. Also, if you have gum disease it can be harder to control your blood sugar. Watch Me
Heart disease increases your risk of gum disease. Share all your health history with your dentist.
Age is a risk factor for gum disease. More than half of people 55 and older have gum disease.
Pregnant women are at a higher risk of gum disease. Pregnancy can also make existing gum disease worse. That's why taking care of your oral health during pregnancy is good for you...and for your baby.
Age is a risk factor for gum disease. More than half of people 55 and older have gum
Pregnant women are at higher risk of gum disease. Pregnancy can also make existing gum
disease worse. That's why taking care of your oral health during pregnancy is good for you...and for
If you smoke tobacco, stop. Get resources to help you quit here, or ask
your doctor for help.
Brush twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
Brushing alone misses 40% of your teeth surfaces. Get tips to get rid
of that lingering gunk.
teeth healthy foods like nuts, cheese or fruits and vegetables rather than sweet or sticky
Visit the dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. Based on your health history
and risk, your dentist will determine the best care for you.
Regular dental checkups are important even if you don't notice
a problem. Gum disease is often silent, but can quickly get worse. By the time you notice something
is wrong or have pain, the problem could be serious.
Talk to your physician about any problems in your mouth. This
is especially important if you have dry mouth, diabetes or heart disease. Your physician may have
Ask about the latest research on links between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and
Alzheimer's and oral health -- especially if any of those run in your family.
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