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Never give bacteria an even break. That’s the best advice we can give you when it comes to dealing with gum disease.

If you pick up any newspaper or magazine these days, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll come across a number of articles on the topic of alternative or complementary medicine. In some cases, the remedies suggested have a certain degree of evidence behind them – often from being used by our ancestors for generations. In other cases, however, the so-called alternative treatments can be downright looney.

Our own dental industry is not without its share of traditional cures or treatments, and one of the areas where they are most common relates to periodontics, which is the branch of dentistry that’s concerned with the structures that support the teeth, mainly your gums.

One of the most common illnesses in the world is periodontal disease- also known more commonly as gum disease. And because it's such a common ailment, it stands to reason that there will be home remedies out there to combat it.

By way of example, it’s widely believed that green tea can be helpful in combating gum disease, mainly because of its anti-oxidant properties, which seem to act as a form of anti-inflammatory. Another common alternative treatment is gargling with warm salt water or hydrogen peroxide, while others swear by a solution of water and baking soda to counteract the acidic properties of gum disease.

At heart, however, we must remember that gum disease is caused by bacteria, which multiply at an absolutely frightening rate. So the longer we leave them to multiply, the greater the threat they pose to our gums.

The true response to periodontal disease, therefore, is to wage wear on those dastardly bacteria. And by far the simplest and surest way of doing this is by using anti-bacterial toothpaste and mouthwash. You’ve often heard that you should brush at least twice a day, but this is the absolute minimum.

Brushing after every meal would be even better, as this dislodges any tiny food remnants that can stick between your teeth and provide a rich breeding ground for bacteria. And for this same reason, we constantly advise you to use either dental floss or interdental brushes to provide a further attack on those hidden bits of food.

If you stick to these simple recommendations, your chances of getting serious gum disease are pretty small. But if you forget about your dental care regime – even for a relatively short period of time – you can be heading for more serious complaints such as a periodontal abscess. And trust us when we tell you that this is not somewhere you want to be!

Your granny probably told you on many occasions that ‘prevention is better than cure’, and this is very definitely the case when it comes to gum disease. So let this be the week that you decide to up your brushing and flossing regime – and make sure you don’t give these suckers a chance to wreak havoc on your gums.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to know a bit more about the topic of gum disease, may we recommend the following article for you - http://www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/causes/periodontaldisease.html