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Gum Hygiene Treatments

Gum Hygiene Treatments

Proper gum hygiene affects not only your oral health but your general health and wellbeing as well. Without good gum hygiene, you may be prone to swollen and bleeding gums, infections, and even tooth loss.

The two most important ways to keep your gums healthy and prevent gum disease is to brush at least twice a day and cleaning between your teeth using a TePe or dental floss. We can offer you our recommendations on specific and effective toothpastes and mouthwashes to use as part of your daily home care.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is the result of a build-up of plaque at the gum surface, making them more vulnerable to bacteria. This plaque build-up is usually a sign that the patient’s oral hygiene routine needs to be improved. However, gum disease can also be exacerbated by certain medicines, smoking, sugary foods, overcrowding of teeth, or other medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes. Poor oral health has also been linked to pregnancy problems – and can lead to premature labour and a low-birth weight.

When gum disease occurs, the first stage is called “gingivitis,” whose symptoms include bleeding gums or red and inflamed gums. Gingivitis can be treated using products approved by your dentist or hygienist?. However, an appointment for a checkup may be recommended. Your dentist will remove the plaque build-up from your gums, and if more cleaning is necessary, your hygienist or dentist will perform a more thorough cleaning, called “scaling,” along the teeth and gum line.

If gingivitis is untreated, it can result in a more severe condition called “periodontitis.” This condition may require specialised treatment to save the gum, jawbone, and natural teeth from damage.