Gum disease is caused when bacteria within plaque builds up between the teeth and gums and causes the gums surrounding the tooth to become inflamed. If left untreated the inflammation causes the gums and surrounding bone structure to deteriorate leading to gum recession and tooth loss.
Gum disease is in many cases preventable by incorporating the following habits into your daily life
- Brush your teeth after meals as this helps to remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums
- Brush your tongue as bacteria loves growing here
- Floss at least once a day to remove food and plaque between teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach
Your risk of gum disease is influenced by your age, diet, genetics and whether you smoke. Our dentists can discuss your risk of gum disease and ways to minimise damage to your teeth and gums.