An ounce of prevention
Want to stop gum disease before it starts? If you smoke, you can reduce your risk by quitting. There are other lifestyle risk factors you can control: Try to deal with the stress in your life, eat a well-balanced diet, invest in a tooth guard if you grind your teeth, use an electric toothbrush and floss. Change bad habits that increase the bacteria (and consequently plaque) in your mouth, such as snacking on sweet, sticky foods without brushing your teeth afterwards. “It could be something as simple as not constantly sipping on a heavily sugared coffee over a prolonged period of time,” says Gercio-Chad.
And, of course, care for your teeth and gums properly. Floss every day, and brush at least twice a day half an hour after eating. Ask your dental professional to demonstrate proper techniques.