Gum Disease

One problem all patients face is keeping their gums healthily. Gums are the foundation that supports your teeth and it is of the up most importance that you look after your gums. Our practices offer in-depth advice and a variety of treatment options to manage, maintain and prevent gum disease.

What is Gum Disease and how is it caused?

There are two main categories for gum disease, Gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease usually associated to mild bleeding of the gums and Periodontal Disease which is more serious and can result in the formation of gaps between the gums and teeth. Gum disease is caused by the build up of Plaque on your teeth; the Plaque can calcify and harden into Tartar. If left unaddressed it can cause a variety of problems such as bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums, bone loss and even the loss of teeth.

How can I treat Gum Disease?

There are a variety of ways to treat gum disease but there is no substitute for practicing good oral health care in your own home. Regularly brushing, flossing or using interdental brushes will limit the build up on Plaque on your teeth. If the Plaque calcifies and becomes tartar you will need to visit your Dentist or Hygienist to have it removed.

  1. Attending routine checkups – By attending regular checkups your dentist will be able to assess how healthy your gums are. They can then create personalised treatment plans how to deal with gum disease and maintain your oral health. The dentist will also offer advice on food, drink and life style changes that will help improve or maintain oral health.
  2. Visiting the Hygienist – The Hygienist will perform dedicated scale and polish treatments along with more advanced Periodontal treatments. They remove the build up of any Plaque and tartar. In addition they offer advice on oral health care, how to correctly brush your teeth, use floss and interdental brushes.

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