Gum Disease (cont.)
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You usually can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing regularly, having regular dental visits for exams and cleaning, and eating a balanced diet.
Practice good dental habits:
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier and tighter to your teeth. But bleeding gums may be a symptom of gum disease and should be brought to the attention of your dentist.
For more information on how to take care of your teeth, see:
Making wise food choices can help you prevent gum disease:
If you smoke or use spit tobacco, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to quit. Tobacco reduces your ability to fight infection and delays healing. Tobacco users are much more likely to develop gum disease than nonsmokers-up to six times more likely. They also have more serious gum disease that leads to tooth loss and that doesn't respond as well to treatment.5 Quitting is difficult. But many people find success through a combination of medicine, a stop-smoking program, and counseling. For more information on how to quit, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
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