Maintaining healthy gums is an important part of good oral health. Regular brushing alone cannot combat the effects of gum disease. Flossing is an essential part good oral hygiene by preventing gum disease, decay between teeth, and keeping your smile happy and healthy. 

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gums caused by the bacteria found in plaque. Plaque is the sticky, colourless film that is formed on your teeth, and if not removed with daily brushing and flossing, it can lead to build up. This build up can not only affect your teeth and gums, but also your gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth, causing them to become loose or fall out. 

Gum disease can be treated a professional, deep clean, by either a general dentist or by seeing a specialist known as a periodontist. However, the best way to prevent gum disease from occurring is pretty simple - clean your teeth twice and day and floss daily. Brush for two to three minutes at a time and ensure the head of your toothbrush moves along the gum line making sure the bristles work their way beneath the gums. Of course, regular visits to the dentist every six months is the best way to identify any issues early.