At Advance Dental, your dental health is our priority and we’re always eager to promote the message that prevention is better than cure whenever possible. Gum disease is a common oral disease, but it is preventable. If you have early signs of gum disease or you’re hoping to steer clear of sore and swollen gums, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the ways Advance Dental Clinic stops periodontitis in its tracks.
About gum disease
Gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the UK even though it’s almost always preventable. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria, which combine with saliva and food debris to form plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that clings to the gum line and the tooth enamel. The bacteria in plaque release acids when they feed and these acids irritate the gums, causing them to become swollen. In the early stages, mild gum disease (known as gingivitis) is relatively easy to manage. However, it can quickly become more advanced if it is left untreated. Periodontitis or periodontal disease causes permanent damage to the bone structure, which supports the teeth.
If you notice signs such as swelling in the gums, bleeding when you brush or painful gums, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Treating gum disease
If you have gingivitis, it’s often possible to treat this form of gum disease with good oral hygiene and dental cleaning treatments. Periodontitis is more difficult to treat and treatment usually involves a series of sessions, which are designed to clean the gums and try and prevent the infection from getting any more serious.
If you’re worried about gum disease or you’d like to find out more about teeth cleaning, healthy eating or dental hygiene services, why not give us a ring today?