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Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a serious disease than can create devastating, long-lasting effects on your oral health. While there are many ways to prevent gum disease, such as regular flossing, brushing, and regular dental visits, you can also reverse gum disease if you notice the symptoms early enough.

Of course, that requires you to know the signs and symptoms of gum disease. Dr. Jody W. Adams can fill you in on the warning signs of periodontitis during your next visit to Smile 2 Heart Dental.

But if you already have mild gum disease (gingivitis) and need to reverse it as soon as possible, there are things you can do at home that don’t necessitate undergoing any dental procedures.

Brush thoroughly
Even if you have gum disease, you still need to brush your teeth extremely thoroughly every day with a soft-bristle toothbrush. You don’t, however, want to use a toothbrush with old and fraying bristles; they don’t clean nearly well enough to get rid of the bacteria around your gum line, which is where periodontitis-causing bacteria tends to build up.

Boost saliva production
This might sound odd, but boosting your saliva production can do a lot to reverse gum disease. Saliva is important in fighting periodontitis because it washes away bacteria from both your teeth and gums. In order to make sure you’re producing enough saliva, drink plenty of water and eat nutrient rich foods. Foods high in certain ingredients boost saliva production.

Gum disease is serious, but with the right care and treatment, you can reverse the effects it has on your health.