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What lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of getting gum disease?

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Besides regular dental checkups and brushing and flossing daily, you can lower your chances for gum disease if you:

  • Stop smoking. Smokers seven times more likely to get gum disease than nonsmokers.
  • Reduce stress. Stress may make it difficult for your body's immune system to fight off infection.
  • Eat a healthy diet for a strong immune system. Load up on foods with antioxidant properties – like vitamin E ( vegetable oils, nuts, green leafy vegetables) and vitamin C (citrus fruits, broccoli, potatoes).
  • Don’t clinch or grind your teeth. They put pressure on the tissues that support your teeth and could damage or destroy them.

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 17, 2019

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