FREE GUM CHECK
Throughout this month, get your FREE gum check at our surgery. Please contact the surgery to book an appointment and mention you’ve seen our special.
PLEASE NOTE: This gum check does not include x-rays or treatment that maybe required.
To keep teeth and gums clean and healthy: brush and floss daily and have regular dental check ups with your dentist.
Brush every day twice daily for 2 minutes to remove the plaque ( bacteria) build up on your teeth, this will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Your toothbrush should have a small head and soft bristles. Replace toothbrush every 3 months or when bristles have worn.
Method: Brush gently moving the brush back and forth on all tooth surfaces and over gums. Use the tip of the brush for the inner front teeth. Brush the top of the tongue.
TIP: Close mouth slightly and angle the toothbrush to clean very back teeth.
Flossing removes the plaque ( bacteria) from your gums, where your toothbrush can’t clean. The gums are the foundation for your teeth so to ensure their health and stability and prevention from disease, flossing should be done daily.
Method: Hold the floss in your hand ( about 45cm of floss) wrap around your middle fingers. Slide the floss between your teeth and curve it around the gumline. Gently floss with a side to side motion. If you find this difficult your dentist will show you how.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque on the tooth. If not removed by daily brushing, flossing and regular dentists visits, it can cause swelling and reddening of gums and some circumstances losing your teeth.
There are different stages of gum disease:
|Red swollen gums|
|Gaps in gums|
|Gums receding lower than normal|
|Stage 3||Severe Periodontitis|
|Pus between gums and teeth|
|Change in your bite|
Periodontitis is a severe infection of the gums which can lead to bone loss and loss of teeth.