Gum health can be broken down into three groups:
- Healthy - Plaque and calculus (tartar) free, Gums are firm, tighter to the teeth and pink
- Gingivitis - Early stage of gum disease characterised bu bleeding, red, swollen gums. Can be reversed if treated with good oral hygiene routine.
- Periodontitis - prolonged progression of gingivitis leading to loss of gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. Can be managed with good oral hygiene routine and regular professional cleans. If left untreated, may eventually result in tooth loss.
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Good oral health means good overall health. Keeping good oral hygiene habits not only helps to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, but can also help reduce the risk of more serious illnesses.
Your teeth can be kept clean and healthy by brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and daily flossing, but a professional clean and assessment is recommended twice a year by your dentist or oral health therapist. This is to ensure that the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth are being monitored and well maintained.