Preventing and Controlling Gum Disease

  • Gum disease is caused by plaque which contains bacteria
  • Most types of gum disease can be controlled by removing plaque by toothbrushing and cleaning between teeth
  • Smoking can make gum disease worse
  • Eating a balanced diet, with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, can help reduce gum disease
  • Some toothpastes have been proven to help reduce gum disease, these contain either Triclosan with co-polymer or Triclosan with zinc citrate or stannous fluoride
  • Some medical conditions can increase the risk of gum disease – these include Diabetes, Down Syndrome, some blood disorders, Pregnancy and some medication (inc. Epanutin, Cyclosporine and Nifedipine)

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