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Gum disease is one of the most common health problems for adults in America. Ironically, it’s also one of the most preventable diseases in the world. Avoiding gum disease is as simple as establishing a few simple habits that take maybe ten minutes out of your entire day.

Dr. Elhameh Allamehzadeh and the team here at Dr. Ellie's Gentle Dentistry in San Diego, California, has a lot of advice on how to avoid gum disease. Let’s look at just a couple of those tips.

Regular checkups
You need to make sure you’re visiting your dentist every six months for a regular checkup and cleaning. These cleanings are one of the best ways to prevent tartar buildup. Tartar is hardened plaque that builds up along your gum line. That buildup, if it’s not removed, will inflame your gums. This inflammation is known as gingivitis, and it’s the first warning sign of gum disease.

As important as flossing and brushing are to avoiding gum disease, mouthwash plays an equally important role. After you’ve brushed and flossed, and done all you possibly can to make sure that your gums are as health as possible, it’s time to get rid of any remaining bacteria and debris with mouthwash.

You’ll kill the majority of the germs and debris you couldn’t with the brushing and flossing, keeping that harmful stuff away from your gums.

Gum disease is completely avoidable as long as you’re willing to start the habits necessary to do so. If you have any questions, call us today at 619-542-1800.