How can I prevent cavities and gum disease (periodontal disease)?

Although you cannot control the genetic factors that contribute to your oral condition, you can offset negative factors with good home care, regular professional care and management of dietary factors. By exercising discipline in the areas that are under your control, you will find yourself with fewer treatment needs, saving time and money.

Other important factors affecting the health of your teeth and gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes and heart disease
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding habits
  • Medications
  • Poor nutrition
  • Dry mouth