At Advance Dental, our aim is to promote the message that prevention is better than cure and we actively encourage our patients to keep up to date with regular check-ups and report any changes they notice, such as bleeding gums or tooth pain. Gum disease is one of the most common preventable illnesses and we do everything we can to prevent as many cases as possible. If you’re eager to keep gum disease at bay or you think you may already have symptoms of gum disease, we can assure you that you’re in safe hands.
Preventing gum disease
Gum disease is caused by harmful plaque acids released by bacteria in plaque. Plaque forms when food debris and saliva join forces with bacteria in the mouth. The acids irritate the gums and cause them to become painful and inflamed.
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease and our friendly team is on hand to offer advice and instruction to help you maintain a good daily oral hygiene regime at home. We also offer advice about giving up smoking, a major risk factor for gum disease, and healthy eating.
In addition to providing information for patients about oral hygiene and good oral health habits, we also encourage our patients to keep up with their routine check-ups and report any warning signs. The main symptoms of gum disease to look out for include:
- swollen and sore gums
- bleeding when you brush your teeth
- tenderness and redness in the gums
Regular oral hygiene sessions can also be really beneficial for reducing the risk of gum disease.
Treating gum disease
We offer specialist gum disease treatment and our dentists and dental hygienists work alongside a visiting periodontist (a dentist with expertise in dealing with gum disease). Mild cases of gum disease, known as gingivitis, can usually be treated very effectively with oral hygiene treatments combined with thorough cleaning at home. In more severe cases, where irreversible damage has been caused to the gums and supportive bone structure beneath, treatment may be long-term and will often involve intensive oral hygiene treatments.