As they say, prevention is always better than cure and in addition to regular brushing and flossing, the best way to avoid gum disease is to visit the hygienist regularly.
Gum disease has been proven to not only cause bad breath and teeth loss but it is linked with heart disease, some forms of cancer and diabetes.
Our oral hygiene services ensure that your teeth are professionally cleaned, ideally once every three months. We have a range of different services available, our standard clean takes around 20 minutes, but if you require more intense cleaning or if you smoke for instance we can also address this.
When you have had your hygiene visit, your teeth and gums will be free of plaque, and you teeth will be left with that fantastic squeaky clean feeling, your breath will be fresh. But when you go home its essential that you brush your teeth properly twice per day and ideally floss twice too.
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Q: How can I check if my gums are healthy?
A: If our gums are healthy they should be pink and shouldn’t bleed when you brush them. They should also be firm and should not move away from the teeth.
Q: What is gum disease?
A: This is when your gums are inflamed. Early signs only involve your gum tissue, this is called gingivitis. But if the disease spreads to the bone this is called periodontitis.
Q: How will I notice gum disease?
A: This is more difficult and depends on how advanced the disease is. If you have gingivitis, your gums are usually inflamed and swollen, they may well bleed when you brush your teeth. As the disease gets worse, your gums will recede, your teeth may become lose as the bone underneath is weakened. This may lead to tooth loss. You may also have bad breath or a nasty taste in your mouth.
Q: What is the cause of gum disease?
A: like most infections gum disease is caused by bacteria which we call plaque, this builds up around the teeth. This bacteria releases poisons, which cause irritation to the gums and the areas that support your teeth. Gingivitis is also caused by plaque, this forms on your teeth near the gum.
Q: Can gum disease be controlled?
A: This again depends on the severity of the disease, but careful brushing and flossing helps reduce the build up of plaque at the base of the teeth where they join the gum. Equally regular visits to the dentist or hygienist is recommended so the professional cleaning can take place.