We take oral health very seriously and one of our priorities is to help patients prevent gum disease, the leading cause of premature tooth loss in adults in the UK. We want our patients to be free from pain and able to enjoy a confident and healthy smile and we use a range of treatments and techniques to prevent, treat and manage gum disease.
Signs and symptoms
Gum disease can progress rapidly and we recommend early treatment to prevent symptoms from getting worse. If gum disease is left untreated, this can result in permanent damage to the bone, which holds the teeth in place and supports the gums and this will eventually cause the teeth to become loose and fall out.
The most common signs of gum disease to look out for include bleeding gums when you brush your teeth and swelling, tenderness and soreness in the gums. If you notice these symptoms, it’s best to arrange to see your dentist as early as possible.
Preventing gum disease
Gum disease is preventable and by simply following a few steps, you can really reduce your risk of suffering. Regular dental appointments are really important because they enable us to detect any early warnings signs and act on them before the situation gets worse. Your oral hygiene routine is also of paramount importance, as brushing and flossing remove harmful bacteria from your mouth before they can combine with food debris to make plaque. Plaque irritates the gums and causes them to become swollen.
We recommend brushing twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and flossing on a daily basis. We also advise patients to keep tabs on their diet and to avoid eating a lot of sugary foods and drinks.
Gum disease treatment
Oral hygiene treatment is usually sufficient to treat mild causes of gum disease, but in more severe cases, a long-term approach may be required and frequent sessions with the dentist and dental hygienist will be recommended. The main priority is to remove bacteria from the mouth and keep the teeth and gums as clean as possible to prevent the condition from becoming more serious. Treatment will usually involve root planing and scale and polish.