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How to prevent gum disease

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Preventing plaque
buildup at home

There are many ways that we can treat gum disease at Pure Periodontics, including reducing plaque build up with regular dental hygiene appointments and Air Flow treatments here at the practice.

However, it’s also important to note that you can prevent periodontitis and other forms of infection by ensuring that you practise good oral hygiene at home. Here are some simple measures that you can follow to keep your gums and teeth healthy and reduce the buildup of plaque in your mouth:

  • Attend your dental examinations regularly as recommended by your dentist.
  • Brush the gum line and each tooth twice daily (before bed and on one other occasion). Brush for at least 2 minutes each time. Ask your dental professional which toothbrush is best for you and the technique you should use.
  • Clean daily between the teeth before brushing, using floss in tight spaces and interdental brushes for larger spaces.
  • Use a fluoridated toothpaste with at least 1350ppm fluoride, spit out after brushing and do not rinse after brushing to maintain fluoride concentration.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Reduce the frequency and amount of sugary foods and drinks that you eat and drink.
  • To book an appointment or to find out more about avoiding plaque build up please call us on 020 3411 7735 to speak to our friendly team or fill out our contact form.

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