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Gum disease affects millions of Americans each year, costing adults their ability to eat, talk, harming their appearance, and spreading deadly bacteria and infections throughout the body.

Luckily, gum disease is entirely preventable. Our team here at Jason M. Peterson, DDS in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is well versed in helping people avoid this problem. Let’s look at a few things you can do to help end the spread of gum disease.

Gum health

The most important thing, obviously, is to ensure that your gums are as healthy as possible. This is accomplished through a few simple tasks – brush your teeth on a regular basis, floss, and use mouthwash. All three of those habits, when combined, effectively remove the harmful bacteria from your mouth, eliminate plaque, remove debris from the gum line and between your teeth, and promote better overall oral health.

Less sugar

One of the leading causes of gum disease the widespread consumption of sugary drinks – especially soda. This much sugar and other acidic foods assault your gums, making it difficult to keep them healthy and ensure that your teeth don’t rot, either. The less sugar in your diet, the healthier your smile will be.

Gum disease is a devastating condition and not one with which you want to deal. If you need more prevention tips, call us today at 208.524.3400.