Gum disease affects most adults at some point of their lives, it is however totally preventable. If plaque is not removed by brushing, it can harden into something called ‘calculus’ – another name for it is ‘tartar’. As calculus forms near the gum line, the plaque underneath releases harmful poisons causing the gums to become irritated and inflamed. The gums start to pull away from the teeth and the gaps become infected.
If gum disease is not treated promptly, the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed, and healthy teeth can become loose and fall out. Severe gum disease can lead to teeth falling out and needing to be replaced. However, gum disease can be treated and kept under control with regular hygienist appointments and a good oral hygiene routine.
A simple routine can help prevent most dental problems:.
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day
- Clean between teeth using interdental cleaning aids daily
- Limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes only
- Attend for regular dental appointments as often as your dentist recommends