Gum disease (Periodontitis)
Gum disease (or Periodontitis as it is technically called) affects over 45% of the UK population and is the 6th most prevalent disease in the world. Even in its mildest forms, gum disease can have a significant impact on quality of life and general well being. It is caused by bacteria that produce toxins, which irritate the gum and cause localised infections.
Gum disease is often silent in the early stages and affects the gums and bone surrounding the teeth, eventually leading to mobility of teeth and loss of teeth in the later stages. It has also been linked with many systemic diseases such as diabetes.
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Treating gum disease
Gum disease is largely preventable and is easily treatable, especially in the early stages where we can remove the bacteria even in hard to reach places using professional cleaning tools such as ultrasonics and air cleaners.
The early stage of gum disease is called ‘gingivitis’ which is essentially a technical word meaning inflammation of the gums and is caused by bacteria sitting on the teeth and gums. It is characterised by a reddening and bleeding of the gums. This can often be noticed when brushing your teeth, as small amounts of blood in the toothpaste that you spit out.
How we can help you
Our periodontal (gum) team comprises of dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists who have many years of experience and expertise in helping patients just like you improve and care for the health of their gums. It’s never too late to begin taking control of your oral hygiene and however bad you may think your teeth and gums are, we are sure we will have seen and helped people with much worse.
You don’t have to be a registered patient with us to see our periodontal team, in fact many patients come to us either as a self referral or on referral from their own dentist.
What can I do myself?
Good oral hygiene is the key to maintaining healthy gums, which starts with what you do at home and more specifically your oral hygiene (cleaning) routine. The plaque and bacteria that cause gum disease are soft and sticky and are easily removed with a toothbrush. Once the plaque has hardened its is called tartar or calculus and is nearly impossible to remove yourself.
Tooth brushing technique is one of the most important things, yet it always amazes us that very few people have ever been shown how to effectively brush their teeth. You can have the fanciest toothbrush in the world, but if you don’t know how to use if properly it will never work as effectively as it should! Letting us show you how to effectively clean your teeth will help prevent future problems and will also save you money in the longer term, as you will need to see us less.
It is important to remember that 30-40% of the gum and tooth surface is between your teeth, so if you are not using anything to clean in between your teeth such as interdental brushes or floss/tape you are missing up to 40% of the mouth.
How do I book an appointment? Your choices…
Register as a patient for your regular dental care.
See one of our hygiene team for an initial assessment (with direct access and our ‘Simply Dental Care’ programme you do not need to see a dentist to see a dental hygienist or dental therapist). More details and prices can be found by clicking here.
If you have your own dentist, chat to them first, they may be able to refer you to see a hygienist at your own practice. If you have already seen a dental hygienist at your own practice and your gum disease is not improving your dentist can refer you to see us for more specialist help.
We are members of the BSP (British Society of Periodontology) which is the UK’s leading authority on gum disease and is at the forefront of advancing research and knowledge into gum disease. This gives us access to the latest publications, treatment guidelines and research to ensure we are treating our patients to the highest standards.