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A healthy mouth is key to a healthy body. Amazingly, up to 80% of the population unknowingly has some form of gum infection. And yet, just by thorough daily brushing and flossing, you can remove these germs and help prevent gum disease.

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is characterised by a persistent bacterial infection surrounding one tooth or several teeth. In the early stages, gum disease causes little discomfort and produces few obvious symptoms. However, when periodontal disease is not treated, it will spread and compromise the gums, teeth and bone. It can also lead to heart disease and strokes, as well as complications in diabetes and pregnancy.

 

 

Looking after your gums

The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good, daily tooth-brushing and flossing techniques. Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colourless film that constantly forms and sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Thorough daily brushing and flossing will remove these germs and help you prevent periodontal disease.

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What is Gum Disease

With more than two-thirds of all adults showing some form of gum inflammation, gum disease is one of the most common infections affecting people today. It commonly refers to a wide spectrum of infections that affect the soft and hard tissue of the mouth.

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How we can help

The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional examinations and cleaning. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

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