Ways to Prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

Given the fact that it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss in theUnited States, successfully preventing gum disease is one of the most effective ways of preserving your teeth. However, its prevalence belies the fact that gum disease prevention isn’t typically complex. The good news is that, even if it develops, the condition may be reversed if treated in its early stage (called gingivitis). To help you better prevent gum disease, or stop it in its tracks if it becomes an issue, we offer a few ways to prevent gum disease and the tooth loss that it can cause.

It’s All in Good Hygiene

Brushing and flossing

The most effective hygiene routines involve brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day, and after meals whenever you can. The bacteria (plaque) that lead to gum disease tend to gather along your gum line, so be sure to pay special attention to where your gums meet your teeth. Angle the brush to effectively clean plaque and food debris from your gum line, and floss carefully enough to avoid traumatizing your gums.
Invest in mouthwash

If you notice that your gums appear a little red andswollen, or they bleed when you brush your teeth, then ask us about prescribing a mouthwash to combat harmful oral bacteria. Prescription mouthwash is more potent than over-the-counter brands, and can provide increased protection against gingivitis, gum disease, bad breath, cavities, and other dental health issues.
Make your dental appointments a priority

Every six months, or sooner, you should visit our office fora routine dental checkup and cleaning. Postponing the appointment, or skipping it altogether, will allow plaque and oral bacteria more time to wreak havoc with your gums, increasing your chances of developing full-blown gum disease.


Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111.