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Gum disease

Treatment

The best way to treat gum disease is to practise good oral hygiene, although additional dental and medical treatments are sometimes necessary.

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Gum disease is caused by a build-up of a sticky substance called plaque on your teeth. This can happen if you do not brush your teeth regularly.

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly can help gum disease. A dental hygienist may need to thoroughly clean your teeth.

Gum disease is where your gums are red and swollen.

Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums and bad breath.

Page last reviewed: 19/02/2019
Next review due: 19/02/2022