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Gum Health and Protection

by | Feb 3, 2022 | Family Dentist in Cheltenham, Gum Health

Gum Health and Protection

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place.

It is typically caused by inadequate brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque to build upon the teeth and harden.

If not treated, it can cause diseases like sore and bleeding gums and subsequent tooth loss.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a colourless build-up that sticks to our teeth when the bacteria of our mouth combine with mucus and other particles.

Brushing and flossing are recommended as it helps with keeping your mouth clean and bacteria-free.

If not cleaned, plaque can harden and create tartar.

What is Tartar?

Tartar cannot be removed by merely brushing; you would need to see a medical professional clean tartar.

Many things can lead to gum disease, but the most significant one is smoking.

Diabetes, hormonal changes and other medications can also be other risk factors.

Tartar build-up over time can cause the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Loosening teeth
  • Swelling in gums
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Bleeding Gums

To get a diagnosis of your mouth health, visit your dental service provider, and they can provide you with the complete detail of your mouth.

They might also do an X-ray if they think necessary.

Maintain Optimum Gum Health

To maintain optimal gum health, and to keep plaque and tartar away, your Cheltenham dentist recommends the following:

  • Brush your teeth, twice daily with a good quality fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Quit Smoking
  • Get a dental check-up and clean every six months.

Optimum Dental Care in Cheltenham

Dentist On Warrigal Cheltenham aims to promote gum health and protection tips to patients from Cheltenham and the surrounding areas.

Visit your dentist in Cheltenham to know more about your oral health condition and what we can do to improve it.

For your dental concerns and enquiries, contact us on (03) 9583 5506 or request your appointment online.

We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.