For good gum health you should brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes after flossing. Brush your upper teeth and then brush your lower teeth, separately. Your gum line should be massaged by your tooth brush on the inside and outside surface of your teeth in a circular manner. You should then brush the biting surface of your teeth.
This type of home maintenance will aid in the prevention of gum disease. If combined with a healthy and balanced diet it will maintain your teeth, whether they are with or without fillings.
Your 6 monthly dental checkup and clean will help maintain your gum health. During your 6 monthly clean an ultrasonic scaler is used to remove any hard tartar that has formed on your teeth. An ultrasonic scaler uses ultrasonic vibrations and water irrigation to remove tartar and staining on the enamel of your teeth. A fine tipped hand scaler may be used next to get into deep spaces between teeth. Your teeth are next polished using a mild abrasive paste to remove residual staining and smooth.
Gum health is important for the health of your teeth and it has been shown in studies to have an effect on overall health. Gum inflammation and bleeding (gingivitis) is the most common disease effecting human beings. Gingivitis is characterised by redness and swelling of the gum and the tendency of the gum to bleed easily. This is the first sign of gum disease and may lead to a more serious condition called periodontitis which causes the loss of bone surrounding your tooth or teeth. This will make your tooth or teeth become loose and eventually require removal.