What is Gum Disease?
Preventing and treating gingivitis (gums), periodontitis (the bone and tissues surrounding the tooth) and other gum conditions.
Gum disease is very common. The gums become swollen, sore or infected. In its milder form – gingivitis – bad breath or bleeding can occur when brushing. The problem should be eradicated at this stage, because if left untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a serious condition which can cause jaw bone decay and eventual tooth loss.
More than half of all adults in the UK will experience gum disease at some point during their lives.
How gum disease is caused?
Regular examination includes a careful check for any signs of gum disease, and prompt action to make sure periodontitis does not set in. The examination may include x-rays to check the condition of your teeth and jaws.
Our dental hygienist plays an important role in identifying and preventing gum disease. By carrying out a professional cleaning they can remove any hardened plaque from your teeth – and they will also show you good daily tooth brushing and flossing techniques.
Of course you should make an appointment to see us right away if your gums are painful, swollen, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth.