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Gum disease (also known as periodontitis) is an extremely common ailment that is often caused by the build-up of plaque. Gum disease can cause serious problems for the teeth and eventually lead to tooth loss. Statistics suggest that around 50 to 80 percent of the population suffer from gum disease.
If oral health is maintained to a high standard, gums will be pink and firm while keeping the teeth anchored securely in place. Additionally, there should not be any gum bleeding on brushing.
Gum disease is not usually painful, however, sufferers may notice swelling and redness of the tissue, as well as bleeding after brushing or flossing. Other signs are:
Majority of people will fall victim to the condition at some point in their lives, particularly if they neglect their oral health.
The most common cause is a lack of oral hygiene which results in plaque buildup. This soft, sticky substance is formed when bacteria collects on the surface of the teeth and can result in long-term issues if left untreated.
There are also a number of risk factors that can increase a person’s chance of developing the condition. These include smoking, diabetes, and a weakened immune system (usually due to an illness such as HIV, AIDS or through chemotherapy treatment).
Patients who have noticed they are displaying some of the symptoms of this condition should book an appointment with one of our dentists, hygienist or dentist with a special interest in Periodontics as soon as possible.
Scale and polish – Minor gum disease is treated by a hygienist. Hygienists remove plaque and tartar from teeth using a special instrument.
Root planning – For more advanced gum disease, bacteria will have to be removed form the roots of the teeth. Patients will need local anaesthetic to numb the area effectively before the treatment begins.
Additional treatment – Patients with very severe cases of gum disease may need gum surgery or the removal of the affected tooth.
An efficient dental hygiene routine could result in individuals maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm so that you can have your gum treatment without having to take time off work. You can book an appointment by calling us on 0208 547 9997 or emailing us or book an appointment online.
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