Alongside dental decay, the next most common oral disease is gum disease. Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is characterized by:

  • Bleeding gums

  • Accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar)

  • Receding gums

  • Loose teeth

  • Drifting teeth

  • Bad breath

  • Gum detachment

  • Swelling of the gums

  • Loss of teeth!

  • Pain!

Again, this is preventable! Our understanding of gum disease has improved over the pass 30 years and we now know that not everyone needs to lose all their teeth by 50 years old! Most gum disease can be avoided by effective and regular cleaning. Even though the dentist can help you with the cleaning every 6 months, you need to maintain it daily.


  • Brush your teeth 2 times daily with a soft bristle toothbrush.

  • Plaque accumulates at the gum margins – concentrate on where the teeth meet the gums.

  • Calculus (tartar) usually accumulates on the tongue side of the lower front teeth and the cheek side of the upper back teeth – concentrate on that.

  • Flossing gets in between the teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach.

  • Tooth brushing, along with flossing and mouthwash, increases plaque removal by about 20%.

  • Electric toothbrushes do most of the work for you and can get to hard to reach places because of it’s smaller head.

What is bad breath?  

Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, is a dental condition that can negatively affect your social and professional relationships and self-esteem.

There is an abundance of products available on shelves that promise to combat bad breath. A lot of these gums, mints and mouthwash are just temporary solutions that don’t address the root cause of bad breath.

Certain foods, health conditions and habits result in the formation of bad breath.  If self-care dental hygiene is simply not working and your bad breath is persistent, make sure to consult with a professional to help effectively discover the cause of your bad breath, and whether or not it is indicative of a more serious medical condition.

Recommendations are based on the specific cause of bad breath, if this is something you are experiencing, do not hesitate to come for an examination, to ensure your breath problem isn’t indicative of a more serious medical issue.