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How to Prevent Gum Disease
on a budget

There are many ways to prevent gum disease and avoid cavities.

The latest electric toothbrushes and water flossers are easy to use and very effective but expensive. 



There are affordable ways to keep your gums healthy without breaking the bank.

You don't need to spend a fortune to improve your dental health.

With a little practice, you can remove most of the plaque from your teeth,  prevent gum disease, and improve your health.


Brush and floss

Almost everyone brushes their teeth.  

Seems so obvious and it is so obvious, yet many don't do it the right way.  

With just a few tweaks in the way they brush, could get better results.

A few simple changes can make your brushing so much more effective. Take the time to improve your brushing technique.

Flossing is difficult for most at first, but worth the time and effort it takes.

Nothing does the job of preventing gum disease better than floss.

Be sure you have good flossing technique. If you are going to the trouble of flossing...might as well do it right:)

Using the best dental floss for you will make flossing easier.


Some things you may have forgotten

prevent gum disease
  • Have a complete dental check up twice a year
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Avoid sugar 


Helpful and affordable gadgets

Sometimes you need more than a brush and floss to reach tough spots. Here are some other very affordable plaque removing products that I like:

Interdental Brush


 Also called inter proximal brush or proxa-brush these work well for cleaning between teeth that have some space between them. 

interdental brushes

They don't work at all if your teeth are close together. Interdental brushes are also helpful for cleaning around braces.

Toothpicks


Toothpicks work great for cleaning between your teeth and along your gum line. You only need one hand and don't have to look in the mirror.

Like to multi-task? Keep some in your car for when you are stuck in traffic.

If you break the tooth pick in half it will work better because you don't have to open as wide....try it:)

Ask your dental hygienist for a perio-aide; a reusable toothpick handle that makes using a toothpick easier and more effective.



floss picks

Floss picks


 Everyone loves these because they don't hurt your fingers, get tangled, cut your gums....they're easier in every way:)


The bad news... They don't work as well as flossing the traditional way. Floss picks don't wrap around your tooth at all so the floss can't reach  under your gums as well.


Floss picks are helpful for people with arthritis or limited fine motor skills and are great when you are just starting to floss.


Keep it simple

Whenever possible, it's best to keep it simple...most of the time a toothbrush and floss will do just fine to prevent gum disease. One or two extra gadgets are great when you need them.

Find the dental care product that works best for you and fits your budget then take time to squeeze it into your day.


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