It’s Easy As 1,2,3: How to Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal DiseaseGum disease, or periodontal disease, is an oral infection that can cause your gums to become inflamed and your bones to deteriorate if left untreated. Caused by harmful bacteria and germs that are left on your teeth and seep into your gums, gum disease includes symptoms like red, swollen, tender, and bleeding gums. Luckily, with just some preliminary precautions, you can easily avoid gum disease and ensure that your teeth stay healthy for as long as possible. From brushing your teeth to avoid smoking cigarettes, this article will discuss a few of the ways in which you can prevent gum disease. Read on to learn more.


You should be brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day— both morning and night. Ideally, however, you should be brushing your teeth immediately after every meal. By brushing your teeth, you can get rid of plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth throughout the day.


After you eat, food can easily get trapped in between your teeth which can eventually lead to things like gum disease. Whether you choose to use a water flosser or traditional dental floss, make sure that you are flossing after every meal.


Mouthwash should never be used in place of tooth brushing. However, mouthwash is a great defense against gum disease because it is perfect for getting rid of excess plaque and bacteria on your teeth that brushing and flossing missed.


Smoking is bad for every aspect of your health, including your oral health. Smoking weakens your body’s immunities and makes it more difficult, if not impossible,  to fight off the gum disease.

If you have noticed that your gums are a bit swollen, red, or tender to the touch, you may be suffering from gum disease. Luckily, with the help of the experts at McDowell Dental Group, you can treat your gum disease and get back to feeling like your normal self once again. To learn more or to schedule a dental appointment, contact McDowell Dental Group today!




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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team