Giving gingivitis the brush off

You don’t want to belong to this club — but more than half of all American adults already do.

Gingivitis — inflamed gum tissue around the teeth — leads to bleeding, tender gums and bad breath. Left untreated, it can lead to gum disease that destroys the bone that holds the teeth in your mouth. This bone loss is not reversible and can lead to tooth loss.

And, yes, your dentist is right. It’s preventable.

How do you stay out of the club?

  • Brush and floss your teeth every day.
  • See your dentist and hygienist at least twice year.
  • Use a mouthwash like LISTERINE® to rinse twice a day.

Mouthwashes like LISTERINE kill the bacteria in your mouth that cause gingivitis. That’s why adding it to your daily routine can help cut your risk of gum disease. For more tips, visit