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Gum Disease

What is gum disease?

Gum Disease is a very common condition where the gums are swollen, red and infected. This is caused by the accumulation of plaque (sticky white stuff you have on your teeth after eating) and not proper removal of it. 

What are symptoms of gum disease?

Bad breath Swollen gums Bleeding on brushing teeth

How do I prevent gum disease?

Brush two times daily using a 1400 - 1450 ppm flouride toothpaste using a proper technique Use floss or interdental brushes between all of your teeth once a day

What can happen if I ignore gum disease

If gum disease is left untreated there is a possibility of developing periodontitis  
which is a disease of the bone in the mouth
This is a very slow process and can take up to 20 years. If left untreated it
will cause loss of the bone in the mouth and loosening of teeth

What can I do if I have gum disease?

Start following the prevention advice mentioned above Do not avoid areas that bleed and keep focusing on them as that is where the disease is.
leaving it will result in improper cleaning and thus the disease stays.
Mention this to your dentist during an examination and they can provide a scale and polish
to remove the tartar
The majority of the work is done by you and not the dentist as a scale and polish is useless
if no good tooth brushing or flossing is carried out.