– Don’t brush too aggressively, and always use a soft-bristled brush. Hard brushing can cause your gums to recede.
– Be sure to schedule regular dental check-ups. An oral health professional can see things you can’t.
– Try to keep stress under control. Stress increases the risk of infection, including infection of the gums.
– Avoid tooth grinding or clenching. This bad habit can wear out your gum tissue at a faster rate.
– If you smoke, stop. Smokers have a higher risk of periodontal disease.
– Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. A body stoked with good nutrition can help fight infection.
“Good oral hygiene is the number-one rule,” says Dr. MacGregor. “If you can control the plaque, you’re going to control inflammation of gums. And if that’s controlled, you’re going a long way to prevent periodontal disease.”