Gum disease is an oral disease which causes the gums to become sore and inflamed. Although it is entirely preventable, it is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK.
We firmly believe that prevention is better than cure and we offer preventative dental treatment, as well as advice about oral hygiene and diet; however, we also provide effective treatment for patients who already have signs of gum disease.
How to spot gum disease
Gum disease is progressive condition, which means that it gets worse with time. Early diagnosis and treatment ensures that it does not get any worse. If you spot the symptoms of gum disease, call and make an appointment as soon as possible. If gum disease is left untreated, it causes damage to the gums, as well as the bone structure beneath, which will eventually result in the teeth coming loose and falling out.
The most common symptoms of gum disease include swollen and tender gums, redness and tenderness in the gums and bleeding, which is usually most noticeable when you clean your teeth.
Treatment for gum disease
Gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease, is usually treatable with good oral hygiene practises, including intensive cleaning to remove plaque from the gum line.
The more advanced form of gum disease, periodontal disease, is much more difficult to treat and requires very careful long-term management. Regular hygiene sessions are advised in tandem with good oral hygiene at home.
Of course, the best way to handle gum disease is to prevent it in the first place and you can do this by sticking to a good oral hygiene routine at home, visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and keeping an eye on what you eat.