Arthur Street Dental | Coffs Harbour, NSW

How can I help prevent gum disease?

Gum disease means you have infections in the tissues that support your teeth. It is a severe condition that can lead to tooth loss and even health complications, including heart health problems or a sudden stroke.

At Arthur Street Dental, we encourage preventive dentistry and an excellent at-home routine to help lower your risks for gum disease and other oral health complications like cavities.

Preventive dentistry means following the dental check-up and teeth clean programme recommended by your dentist—typically visits to our dental clinic every six months or once yearly, depending on your case.

These visits help our Coffs Harbour dentist spot gingivitis before it turns in to gum disease. In the gingivitis stage, gum disease is often reversible.

Teeth cleans may help get rid of the bacteria that may lead to gum disease as well.

Between dental clinic visits, we recommend brushing and flossing regularly to help promote healthier teeth and gums.

Gum Disease Symptoms

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Periodic or ongoing toothaches
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
  • Longish appearance to your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

If you notice one or more symptoms of gum disease—or if it’s time for your next dental check-up and teeth clean—we encourage your call to arrange a booking.

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