How can I prevent gum disease if I smoke?

Q: How can I prevent gum disease if I smoke? I’ve heard that smokers get gum disease more than other people. I can’t seem to quit smoking, so I’d like to know how to prevent gum disease. Should I brush more often? Is there a mouthwash that will help?

A: You are correct about smokers having a higher prevalence rate of gum disease than nonsmokers. My suggestion: do anything that can help you quit smoking. It will not only save your teeth (with professional care) but also save your life. There isn’t any magic rinse. You can practice excellent oral hygiene and be followed by a qualified dentist or Periodontist to keep you out of big trouble.

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