THE PRIMARY CAUSE IS INCONSISTENT ORAL CARE
When you don't brush, floss and rinse regularly, food and germs get lodged in between the teeth and gums. This is the perfect environment for bacteria to multiply and become plaque.
GUM SAFETY RULES
USE A SOFT-BRISTLE
OR ELECTRIC BRUSH
STICK TO A GENTLE,
FLOSS ONCE DAILY
MAKE REGULAR DENTIST
VISITS FOR PLAQUE AND
HEALTHY GUM-SITES WITH CONTINUED USAGE SO RINSE TWICE A DAY WITH LISTERINE®
SYMPTOMS OF GUM PROBLEMS
INJURED GUMS IS NEVER A GOOD SIGN
Injured gums while brushing is one of the first signs of gum problems.
WHAT IS PLAQUE?
Dental plaque is a sticky, clear (often invisible) film of bacteria that forms on the teeth - both above and below the gum line.
If not removed, it can harden to form tartar.
Bacteria on their own can be picked off one by one.
Plaque is stronger and harder to defeat.
THERE ARE WAY MORE BACTERIA IN YOUR MOUTH
THAN PEOPLE ON EARTH
HOW DOES IT AFFECT TEETH AND GUMS?
- Puffy gums
- Weaken gums that injure easily when brushing or flossing
- Presence of calculus (tartar) which is a form of hardened plaque
- Halitosis (chronic bad breath)
- In severe cases, shaky teeth and loss of teeth
Dental cavities are caused when bacteria from plaque feed on sugar from food to produce acid over time. This acid destroys tooth enamel and forms cavities (holes in your teeth).
Plaque bacteria stinks so it also causes bad breath.