flossing2-1024x683Oral care is very important to your overall health, and that includes your gums. There are several simple steps you can take to keep your gums healthy and to prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Many adults all over the US currently have some form of periodontal disease, so if you’ve been told you have it, you’re not alone. Whether you have gum disease or not these following tips will help prevent and slow progression of the disease:

Brush Your Teeth– Brushing twice a day is very important, brushing after every meal is something you can do as well to prevent food debris and plaque from getting trapped between your teeth and gums. Also, don’t forget about brushing your tongue since bacteria hides there too.

Floss You Teeth– Flossing your teeth regularly is another very important habit to keep up with, floss reaches places our toothbrushes can’t.

Use Mouthwash– Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. Using a mouthwash can get rid of left over plaque or food debris your tooth brush or floss missed.

Don’t Smoke- You most likely already know this but smoking is bad for you overall and is definitely not healthy for our teeth and gums.

Eat Healthy- Eating healthy isn’t just good for your waistline but your teeth and gums too. Eating chicken, cheeses, nut and milk are packed full of calcium phosphorous which is needed to remineralize enamel.

Dentist Visits– Seeing your dentist for regular checkups and get professional teeth cleaning to help prevent and manage gum disease.

Following these few simple tips can help your oral health a whole lot in the long run. Keep your mouth healthy and keep your natural for life.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding periodontal disease, contact Dr. Steven Hoffenberg in Vernon Hills, IL at 847-367-6760 or visit our website atwww.stevenhoffenbergdds.com.

Dr. Steven Hoffenberg also proudly accepts patients from Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Long Grove, Buffalo Grove, and all surrounding areas.