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:

  • Brush
  • Floss
  • Rinse with antiseptic mouthwash
  • Get regular oral checkups and cleanings from a dental professional

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