How can I treat gum problems if they occur?

Your dentist or hygienist will help treat your gum problems by making sure that your teeth are throughly clean. They will also remove any hardened deposits in your mouth (tartar and calculus) that may be helping the plaque to congreate.
Your dentist may recommend treatment using Chlorhexidine Digluconate based mouthwash, such as Corsodyl.
Corsodyl Mouthwash contains an antibacterial ingredient that attacks and help kill the plaque bacteria which are causing your gum irritation. In addition, Corsodyl forms a coating on your teeth, which lasts for up to 12 hours to help prevent new plaque forming on your teeth and causing further irritation.

Who can get gum disease?

90% of the population are estimated to suffer at some point in their life. Gingivitis can affect anyone of any age, although it is less likely in younger children. Some groups are more at risk, such as pregnant women, due to hormonal changes.

How can I prevent gum disease?

The best way to avoid or alleviate gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene.
• Brush your teeth throughly twice a day for at least 2 minutes. Use a Total Care toothpaste, designed to help prevent gum disease and containing fluoride to protect against decay.
• Use floss or interdental brushes at least once a day to clean in between your teeth and remove plaque, in particular from around the gum margin.
• Visit your dentist reguarly.

What causes gum disease?

Dental plague is the main cause of gum disease with some people being more susceptible than others. Plaque is the sticky layer that collects on the surface of your teeth and gums. This plaque can become hardened and form into a hard surface layer of tartar (calculus). The bacteria in the tartar continue to attack the tissues that support the root of your tooth.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?

If you have gingivitis
• Your gums will be red in colour rather than the usual healthy pink.
• They will also tend to be slightly puffy or swollen.
• Inflamed gums also bleed, usually when you brush your teeth or bite into something hard such as an apple.
• In severe cases your gums may bleed of their own accord.
If you think you have any of these symptoms, dont ignore them, ask your dentist.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease describes swelling, sorness or infection of the gum tissue.

There are 2 main forms of gum disease:


Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Your gums will be red and swollen and may also bleed easily when you brush your teeth. There is usually little or no pain.


Untreated gingivitis can lead tp periodontitis. As plaque spreads and grows below the gum line the tissues and bone that support your teeth are broken down and destroyed. Your gums may become separated from your teeth to form pockets, which become infected. Eventually teeth may become loose and have to be removed.

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