PERIODONTAL CARE

Gum Disease

Gum disease is also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease. It is a condition affecting not only the gums but also the bone that supports the teeth.  If you find yourself with sore or bleeding gums or a feeling of looseness in your teeth, you may have periodontitis.  Periodontitis presents itself in the ways described above and left untreated, can lead to acute infection or even tooth loss. 

 

How is this caused?

The largest factor contributing to periodontal disease is inadequate dental hygiene.  Many people are familiar with brushing twice per day but without flossing, the areas between the teeth and around the gums will get neglected and become unhealthy.  This leads to inflammation and recession of the gums and also destroys the bone supporting the teeth. 

 

How is it treated?

There are two aspects to treating periodontal disease; the clinical treatment and the home care. The clinical treatment involves a detailed recording of the condition of the gums and a thorough cleaning of the build-up on the root surface of the teeth, below the gumline.  Home care is arguably more important than the clinical treatment in achieving a good result.  By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine each day, the gums can return to their original healthy state.  Our team will show you the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums using flossettes, pixters and correct brushing technique.