How to treat gum disease
Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria that builds up around, on and in between your teeth. If this bacteria is not removed by regular brushing and flossing it can irritate gums, leading to red, swollen and bleeding gums, which are all symptoms of gum disease, known as gingivitis.
If these signs of gum disease are left untreated, small ‘pockets’ may develop between teeth and gums. As these pockets deepen it can eventually lead to periodontitis, which is one of the most serious types of gum disease. Once you reach this stage of gum disease, damage may have occurred, and if left untreated can lead to tooth loss.
This is why it is important to stop this journey at the early stages (gingivitis) by finding out how to treat gum disease and keep your gums healthy.
THE THREE STEP TREATMENT FOR GUM DISEASE
Healthy gums are vital for strong teeth and the best way to make sure gums stay healthy is with a good oral health routine.
It takes just three simple steps to keep gums and teeth clean and help prevent gum disease.
STEP 1 - Brush your teeth twice a day with Corsodyl® Toothpaste
Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes using a manual or electric toothbrush with a small head and soft, rounded bristles. Use Corsodyl® Toothpaste, which physically removes the build of plaque bacteria along the gum line, helping to keep the seal between your gums and teeth tight. When used to brush twice daily it is 4x more effective* than a regular toothpaste at removing the main cause of bleeding gums.
STEP 2 - Floss to remove plaque from between your teeth
Use Corsodyl® Dental Floss to remove plaque from hard to reach areas between your teeth. Remember to ease the floss gently into place as otherwise you could harm your gums.
STEP 3 - Regularly visit a dentist to remove plaque build-up and help prevent gum disease
Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups, as a professional can help spot problems with your gums before you experience any symptoms. Your dentist can also clean, scale and polish your teeth to remove stubborn build-up of plaque bacteria (calculus) and help to prevent gum disease.
Stick to these three steps and you can help to prevent gum disease, to keep your gums healthy and teeth strong.
WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE GUM DISEASE?
If you already have gingivitis, these three steps can help to stop it from developing into periodontitis. This is important as periodontitis is irreversible and, if untreated, can lead to tooth loss. If you have gum disease then you should visit your dentist who can help to stop it from getting worse.
*Removes more plaque than a regular toothpaste after a professional clean and twice daily brushing. Excludes Corsodyl® Toothpaste Whitening variant.