Preventing gum disease lies at the heart of our mission as dentists and we are eager to spread the word that gum disease is easily preventable. We want our clients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums and stay free from dental pain and we are on hand to provide information and advice and preventative treatments. Gum disease is very common, even though it is preventable; in fact, it is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the UK. Gum disease is characterised by swollen, painful gums and it is most commonly caused by plaque. Plaque is a sticky film, which develops when bacteria join forces with food debris and saliva; the bacteria in plaque release acids, known as plaque acids, which irritate the gums and cause them to become inflamed and sore. Plaque is also the main cause of tooth decay.In order to prevent gum disease, it’s best to take action to stop plaque from forming and the best way of doing this is to practise good oral hygiene. If you keep your mouth clean, there is a much lower risk of bacteria lingering around long enough to form plaque. We strongly recommend brushing twice a day every day using fluoride toothpaste and flossing on a regular basis to target the gum line and the tiny spaces between the teeth.We also recommend 6 monthly routine check-ups and regular sessions with our excellent dental hygienists. Hygienists are experts in oral hygiene and a regular oral hygiene session can be hugely beneficial for those with signs of gum disease, as well as those with a clean bill of oral health. Hygienists provide powerful cleaning treatments, including scale and polish, and they can achieve a much more thorough clean that you can at home with a toothbrush.If you have any questions about gum disease or you’d like to find out about our oral hygiene services, call now and book an appointment!