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Oral hygiene habits are extremely important in the battle against gum disease. These habits will save your smile, with minimal effort on your part. Let’s review some of them.


Brush: Brush your teeth and gums twice a day, for two minutes each time. Use only a soft-bristled toothbrush in order to protect your gums and tooth enamel. Using a medium- or hard-bristled toothbrush can damage your gum tissues and open them up for infection.


Floss: Floss your teeth every day! It should only take about two to three minutes, and will save you so much trouble in the long run. Flossing cleans plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. These include between teeth and behind the back molars–both excellent breeding grounds for bacteria that can cause gum disease.


Watch For Symptoms: Some signs and symptoms that could indicate you may have gum disease include the following:


–persistent bad breath

–permanent teeth which are loose or separating

–any change in your bite pattern or the fit of your dentures

–gums that have pulled away from your teeth

–red, tender, swollen gums, or gums that bleed easily


Schedule Regular Appointments: Advanced gum disease affects over 47% of adults over 30 in the United States. If you suspect gum disease at any stage, see your doctors right away. Be aware that sometimes you can have gum disease and not even know it, so it is important to schedule regular check-ups.


To schedule an appointment in Palm Desert, California, call Periodontics of the Desert at 760-674-4410. Dr. Peter Warshawsky and our team look forward to helping you!