Gum disease is very common in Australia, with 3/10 adults having moderate to severe gum disease.
A healthy mouth should have firm, pink gums. They should not bleed when brushing either. When cleaning is not being done correctly or thoroughly, it can result in bacteria causing the gums to become red, puffy and bleeding – this is known as gingivitis.
To avoid gingivitis, it is important that we gently brush the area of gum that meets the tooth. Gentle, circle motions with a soft brush and fluoridated toothpaste is recommended. As well as brushing, flossing gently between your teeth daily is recommended. You should be brushing and flossing at least 2 times a day. Morning and very last thing before bed at night. This will reverse the affects of gum disease and avoid more serious gum disease called periodontitis.
Periodontitis is more severe as it causes the supportive bone and gum structure to recede from around the tooth. This can cause pockets around the tooth trapping bacteria and can also cause the teeth to move and become loose.
How Can You Avoid Gum Disease?
We recommend that our patients see us every 6 months for a full dental examination and thorough clean. Our Oral Health Specialist, Helen can help with oral hygiene instructions, tips and treatment of gum disease. We believe prevention is always better than cure!
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