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Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, gum disease affects 47.2% of people over the age of 30? And if you are over 65, prevalence jumps to 70.1%. The good news is that it’s one of the most preventable diseases in existence.

Before we get into prevention, you should know what exactly you’re preventing.

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums bleed easily when you brush and floss them and will likely appear red or inflamed. You may also have chronic bad breath.

The second stage is periodontal disease. This happens when tartar hardens, your jawbone weakens, and your gums begin to recede as teeth loosen and fall out of your mouth.

The easiest way to avoid getting gum disease is to floss every day.

The best way to floss is to wrap the ends of the floss around both of your middle fingers. Then grip a small section of the floss with your thumb and forefingers and use them to work the floss around the tooth in a U-shape to gently clean between teeth as well as the gum line. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth.

For any questions on gum disease or to book an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton, please call Lawrence Periodontics, LLC in Lawrence, Kansas at 785-312-3820.