Gum Disease

Gum DiseaseGum disease (gingivitis) affects almost everyone at some point.

It can be serious if ignored - but fortunately it’s easily preventable and treatable with Elgydium toothpaste and Eludril mouthwash.

Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults aged over 35. It can also have a wider impact on your overall health.

Pregnant women with gum disease are seven times more likely to give birth too early. There are also potential links with heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes.


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What Causes Gum Disease? What Are The Symptoms?

Gum disease is usually caused by a build up of dental plaque.

Symptoms include sore and swollen gums (which can also be caused by over-vigorous toothbrushing), bleeding gums and receding gums - leading in worst cases to tooth loss.

You are more likely to suffer from gum disease if you:

  • are an expectant mother
  • are aged over 35
  • have diabetes which you are struggling to control
  • are taking certain forms of medication including tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, antimuscarinic drugs, some antiepileptic drugs, some antipsychotics, beta-blockers, diuretics ('water tablets').

Gingivitis left unchecked for too long can develop into periodontitis.

How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?

A good oral health regime is important. Brush for at least two minutes after every meal (but not immediately after the meal, leave it 30 minutes so your mouth acid levels have time to reduce.)

Floss every day and use interdental brushes to reach the parts of your teeth that normal brushing can miss.

See your dentist for a check-up every six months. Getting your teeth cleaned professionally is important because normal brushing reaches only 60 per cent of the surface of your teeth.

How Do I Treat Gum Disease?

The recognised leading gum disease treatment is chlorhexidine, as recommended by dental professionals for the last 30 years.

Chlorhexidine is a key active ingredient in Elgydium toothpaste and Eludril mouthwash.

Elgydium toothpaste should be used daily to help prevent gum disease. The range includes:

  • Elgydium Anti-Plaque
  • Elgydium Whitening
  • Elgydium Sensitive

Eludril antibacterial and analgesic mouthwash need only be used for short treatment periods, of up to two weeks at a time or until symptoms improve. Dentists recommend a 15ml dose (for adults and children aged over 6) diluted with lukewarm water.

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Eludril Mouthwash & Elgydium Toothpaste are manufactured by Pierre Fabre Oral Care & distributed by Pierre Fabre Limited.

  Eludril Mouthwash contains chlorhexidine.  Always read the label. 
Adverse events should also be reported to Pierre Fabre Ltd. Tel: 0208 731 3322
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