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Mouthwash Can Help in the Fight against Gum Disease

Whether you are thinking about undergoing dental implants in Richmond or indeed anywhere else in the country, there is one common problem that will prevent you from having them until the issue has been dealt with and that’s gingivitis.

Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease caused by a build-up of plaque and if left can turn into periodontitis (severe gum disease). This affects bone tissue that holds teeth in place and can weaken it to the point of loosening the teeth. According to a report carried out by the NHS approximately 10-15% of the UK population suffers with periodontitis and over 50% of all adults have some form of gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis include swollen or red gums, signs of blood when brushing, and a nasty taste in the mouth often leading to bad breath.

For many, brushing simply isn’t enough and in a recent article published by the Academy of General Dentistry it indicates that those who use a germ killing antiseptic mouthwash alongside regular brushing can reduce the prospect of getting gum disease by as much as 70%. So why does using mouthwash make all the difference?

Plaque is a sticky, soft film containing millions of bacteria that coat the surface area of the teeth. It builds by absorbing the sugary substances found in food and uses them to attack the enamel. If left it can harden and turn into tartar, When tartar builds up along the gum line it can lead to gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. Therefore ideally we need to remove plaque as soon as possible. The issue is that normal brushing doesn’t remove all signs of plaque as it can often sit in difficult-to-reach places. A good quality mouthwash can (in conjunction with proper brushing and flossing) remove most plaque, often around 90%.

For those who are showing signs of gingivitis and are looking to be fitted for a dental implant, in Richmond here at Sheen Dental we will always suggest that the individual uses a good quality antiseptic mouthwash in conjunction with regular brushing. In fact a germ killing mouthwash added to a normal teeth cleaning routine can often make all the difference in keeping your mouth not only fresh but also healthy, which is vital prior to any form of dental implant surgery.

If you want to find out more about how a good quality mouthwash can help you in your fight against plaque and tooth decay or indeed any information regarding dental implants in Richmond, then contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk today. Dr Harmit Kalsi and the team are standing by to assist.

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