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How can you prevent gingivitis?

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To keep your mouth healthy, the American Dental Association says you should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss every day.
  • Rinse your mouth out with antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Visit your dentist every 6 months.
  • Eat healthy foods and avoid junk food and candy.
  • If you smoke, quit.

SOURCES:

Nadeem Karimbux, DMD, assistant dean, office of dental education, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston.

PubMed Health: "Gingivitis."

American Dental Association: "Plaque," "Mouthrinses," "Smoking and Tobacco Cessation," "Brushing Your Teeth (Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums)."

Merck Manual: Home Health Handbook: "Gingivitis."

Genco, R. "Periodontal Disease and Overall Health: A Clinician's Guide."

Research, Science, and Therapy Committee of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Journal of Periodontology, "Epidemiology of Periodontal Diseases," 2005.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Causes of Gum Disease," "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

National Institutes of Health: "Periodontal Diseases."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Nadeem Karimbux, DMD, assistant dean, office of dental education, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston.

PubMed Health: "Gingivitis."

American Dental Association: "Plaque," "Mouthrinses," "Smoking and Tobacco Cessation," "Brushing Your Teeth (Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums)."

Merck Manual: Home Health Handbook: "Gingivitis."

Genco, R. "Periodontal Disease and Overall Health: A Clinician's Guide."

Research, Science, and Therapy Committee of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Journal of Periodontology, "Epidemiology of Periodontal Diseases," 2005.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Causes of Gum Disease," "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

National Institutes of Health: "Periodontal Diseases."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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