Gum Disease

Naturally our mouths are full of bacteria, which have the ability to form a sticky, colourless “plaque” layer on the surfaces of our teeth. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist help to get rid of this. If plaque is not removed, it turns into hard calculus “tartar” that brushing alone cannot remove. Only professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove this tougher layer.
In more moderate to severe gum disease, better known as “periodontal disease” – the gums and supporting structures of our teeth deteriorate, thus leading to tooth loss. In such cases a deeper clean is essential to clean tartar that not only is visible to you, but also which may be hidden further beneath the gums. We offer deep cleaning or “root surface cleaning” under local anaesthetic (if needed) to ensure your full comfort throughout the process.

Here are some of the risk factors in Gum Disease:

Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with gum disease. Smokers are more likely to have periodontal disease than non-smokers. Additionally, people who continue to smoke during the treatment for periodontitis will far less of a healing response than non-smokers. Our friendly team are at hand to help you quit smoking and achieve the best results from your treatment.
During pregnancy the changes in levels of hormones may make cause pregnancy gingivitis. Your gums may become more vulnerable to plaque, leading to bleeding and inflammation. It is recommended to have all plaque and tartar cleaned for you to ensure the best gum health during your pregnancy
People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing gum disease as poorly managed blood sugar levels can cause increased inflammation of the gums. Successful gum treatment will not only improve your gum health but also your diabetes management.
Gum health is everything when trying to ensure your teeth have a healthy foundation. If you’re worried about bad breath, bleeding gums, soreness, tooth loss and more – we are here to help you stay on top of maintaining your beautiful smile.

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