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Prevention of periodontal (gum) disease – to be used in addition to tooth decay prevention advice

All adolescents and adults

Advice:

  • Brush teeth systematically twice daily with either:– a manual brush with a small head and round end filaments, a compact, angled arrangement of long and short filaments and a comfortable handle OR – a powered toothbrush with an oscillating/rotating head
  • Do not smoke
  • Consider using toothpaste containing:
    • triclosan with copolymer
    • triclosan with zinc citrate to improve levels of plaque control
  • Toothpaste with stannous fluoride may reduce gingivitis
  • Clean interdentally using interdental brushes or floss
  • Maintain good dietary practices in line with The Balance of Good Health

The toothpaste with “Total” in the title generally contain triclosan – always check on the packaging.

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