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Gum disease is one of the most serious health problems that gets consistently overlooked by people on a regular basis. Aside from its affects on your teeth, gums, and jaw bone health, gum disease can also cause heart problems and cancer.

If you want to ward off gum disease – and its myriad health issues – then Dr. Holly Krystek recommends you follow these three tips for preventing contraction of periodontitis.

Never forget to brush

The simplest, and effective, way to prevent gum disease is to never forget to brush your teeth. Twice daily for two minutes isn’t very much time at all, and if you can successfully keep up your brushing habits you’ll drastically reduce the risk of contracting gum disease.

Floss like a champ

Flossing is another great way to ensure that your gums stay healthy. Your toothbrush can only clean about 65% of your teeth. Floss gets where your brush can’t reach, and cleans food and debris from your gum line – which is where gum disease begins.

Use mouthwash

After brushing and flossing, it’s worth it to use mouthwash once a day, just to give your entire mouth a great once-over in terms of ridding it of bacteria.

Gum disease is hereditary, so if you have a family history of the issue, it’s recommended you get screened regularly in order to ensure that your oral health habits are properly preventing the disease. You can contact us today at 563-263-9082 to schedule a time for a screening.