Poor oral hygiene can lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth. When this happens, the bacteria can cause the gums to become red, sore and inflammed (swollen). If gum disease is not treated and the plaque and tartar continue to buildup, you may develop periodontitis.
Treatment for Gum Disease
The aim of treatment for gum disease is to remove the cause i.e. plaque. Treatment is aimed at the reduction of oral bacteria, and may take the form of regular trips to the dentist or dental hygienist together with adequate oral hygiene home care.
Tips for Improving your Oral Health
Have your teeth cleaned by the dentist every 6 months.
See the hygienist every 3 months if necessary.
Quit smoking if you are a smoker.
Brush your teeth for 2 full minutes twice a day.
Floss your teeth every night.
Use a mouthwash regularly.