When teeth are not properly cleaned, plaque forms on the tooth’s surface. Plaque can cause irritation of the gums, making them red and slightly swollen – this is gingivitis.More serious forms of gum disease such as periodontitis start with gingivitis.
Signs & Symptoms:
- Red, swollen or tender gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
- Bad breath
Good management of gingivitis is a sign of good oral hygiene. This helps prevent halitosis, bleeding gums and other more serious dental diseases. Remember, there is a link between oral health and overall health.
So how do you prevent periodontal disease? 4 easy steps:
- Rinse with antiseptic mouthwash
- Get regular oral checkups and cleanings from a dental professional
Content supplied by the Brushing Up on Mouth Care Program http://www.ahprc.dal.ca/projects/oral-care/