One of the most common conditions we manage at the practice is gum disease. Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the gums and/or the supporting structures of the teeth. Gum disease is a little bit like diabetes or high blood pressure; you may have it and not know about it!
This is because it is what we call a ‘silent disease’. It continues to cause harm to the body, until its effects become noticeable and by then, it can be too late.
Early gum disease (gingivitis) is where the gums around the teeth become red and swollen, and may then start to bleed.
Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. This is where the supporting structures of the teeth are affected. At these later stages, you may notice bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, receding gums, teeth moving, or if it’s too late, your teeth will fall out, as your body attempts to get rid of the infection, by getting rid of the tooth!
What we can do to help!
Whenever you visit the dentist or dental hygienist, they will check the colour and tone of your gums. They will do a basic examination of your gums, and if required a more detailed examination of your gums, along with x-rays, checking the support of your teeth.
We have a highly skilled hygiene team. They will perform a special cleaning around the gums and teeth, clearing away any plaque or tartar deposits which carry the harmful bacteria, helping to maintain the optimal health of your gums, preventing gum disease from taking hold.
They will also discuss with you, and show you the best way we can maintain the health of your mouth. And discuss the optimal routine for maintenance.
Can gum disease be reversed?
Some of the effects of gum disease cannot be reversed, but what we will aim to do initially is prevent it from getting worse, stabilising the supporting areas of your teeth and ensuring we hold on to your teeth for as long as possible. We will also be able to discuss how best we can restore your smile.
To arrange a visit with one of our hygienists, please call the practice on 01562 822653.
Next time we’ll talk a little more on home care, for the prevention of gum disease and maintenance of health.