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Prevent and Slow Gum Disease | Camp Hill Periodontist

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Oral hygiene is extremely important to your overall health, and that includes your gums. Studies have shown that nearly 50 percent of American adults have either mild, moderate or severe gum (periodontal) disease, so if you have been told you have it you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to prevent and slow the progression of gum disease. Whether you suffer from gum disease or not these following tips are helpful in preventing and slowing gum disease:

Brush Teeth- Brushing your teeth is very important for your oral health. Make sure to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes. If you prefer you can brush after every meal to prevent food debris from getting trapped in between your teeth and gums.

Flossing- Flossing your teeth on a regular basis is another extremely important step to take in your oral care since floss can reach places your tooth brush can’t.

Use Mouthwash- Using a mouthwash can get rid of leftover food debris and plaque that was loosened while brushing your flossing your teeth.

Tobacco Free- Avoid cigarettes and chewing tobacco, as these sort of products may contribute to gum disease.

Healthy Diet- sugary and starchy foods increase the amount of plaque. Only a healthy diet will provide the nutrients that are necessary to prevent you from developing gum disease.

Dentist Visits-Visiting your dentist regularly for checkups, routine teeth cleanings, or to have dental problems corrected.

Make sure to keep up with your oral hygiene to prevent gum disease and to keep a healthy mouth overall! If you have questions or would like more information about gum disease, contact Dr. Wetzel at 717-761-8611 or visit our website at

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle.