What is gum disease?
This is where the plaque accumulates on the teeth and gum line causing gums to bleed easily and often become red , tender and swollen, this is usually reversible.
Regular maintenance cleans with the hygienist will remove the plaque. You will also be given regular advice and tips on how to clean your teeth and gums daily to help stop the build up of the plaque.
Long-standing gingivitis can lead to Periodontal Disease. This is where the plaque builds up on the gum line and also the root surface causing bone to be lost around the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw gets less, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated teeth may eventually fall out. More teeth are lost due to periodontal disease than tooth decay.
Periodontal disease is irreversible but the hygienist can help stabilize and prevent further bone and gum loss from around your teeth. The hygienist will give you a bespoke daily maintenance cleaning regime daily she can tailor to your specific needs.
How can I tell if i have gum disease?
The main signs of gum disease include bleedings gums. This can be spontaneous or when brushing or flossing. Other signs are tenderness of the gums, swelling, redness, bad breath,gums receding, spaces developing teeth (black triangles at the gum margin between teeth), teeth moving position, tooth loss and gum infections.
What is the treatment for gum disease?
On your first appointment the hygienist will take measurements to assess the severity of the gum disease and all findings will be thoroughly discussed at your appointment by your hygienist, paper copies of the findings are available on request. If you are concerned about gums being sore or uncomfortable whilst having your clean, local anaesthetic will can be used on request; this is to provide a deep clean with minimal discomfort. Two appointments are necessary for this treatment to be effective.