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It’s very important to prevent gum disease as much as possible. This is because the disease can completely destroy your smile if it’s left untreated. Now, you might already know that keeping up on oral hygiene and attending your routine dental checkups can help prevent this dental issue, but did you know there are additional ways, almost like secret ways, that can also help you prevent it? Well, it’s true! Dr. Jeff Olson and our dental team are happy to tell you all about them.

The first way is by using a toothbrush that moves when it cleans your smile, meaning an electric toothbrush. Although the manual toothbrush can properly clean the smile, an electric toothbrush can effectively remove plaque from the teeth, which is the substance that promotes gum disease. So, if you can use an electric toothbrush that has been approved by the American Dental Association, do it. But don’t stress if you can’t.

The second way is by chewing gum regularly. This can help you prevent the disease because it promotes saliva production. When you produce saliva, it washes away bacteria that create plaque. However, this is only beneficial if you chew gum that is sugar-free.

The third way is by getting braces if you have a crooked smile. This can help because when you have crooked teeth, there are hard-to-clean areas of the mouth that harbor plaque. Because these areas are tough to clean regularly, the plaque won’t be removed and it will start irritating the gums. So, feel free to consider orthodontic treatment if necessary!

For more information and details about how to prevent gum disease in Burnsville, Minnesota, don’t be afraid to call Oak Ridge Dental at 952-435-0355 when you get the chance. Our dental team will be happy to give you the answers you look for so you can keep your smile in tip-top shape!