Deep cleaning to help treat Gum Disease
What is gum disease?:
Sometimes when plaque builds up in areas of the mouth and stays there for a long time it can begin to cause gum irritation. This can then make it more difficult to clean those areas, which can then trap more plaque and cause more irritation, developing into gum disease or “Periodontitis”.
Why do I need to see a dentist or hygienist?:
Plaque that is in left for a long time in hard to reach places can mix with the water in the saliva and harden, just like the limescale at the bottom of your kettle. This can then become very difficult to remove with conventional methods. This is why many patients visit regularly for routine hygiene appointments. In these appointments that hardened plaque can be removed helping prevent the progression into gum disease.
How can I tell if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is often not noticeable in the early stages. This is why regular dental check ups are important as your dentist will be able to spot it early.
If left unaddressed, gum disease can lead to signs such as:
- Bleeding and sore gums
- Bad breath or Halitosis
- Loose or wobbly teeth
- Receeding gums and teeth appearing “longer”
- Tooth loss
- Difficulty eating or chewing
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is first and foremost caused by plaque.
There are multiple other risk factors that can increase your susceptibility to gum disease.
These primarily include:
- Poor oral hygiene and plaque control
Management of these risk factors are key to helping treat gum disease.
How is gum disease treated?
Gum disease is primarily treated by controlling the risk factors that are mentioned above.
Treatment depends almost entirely on the patients compliance to addressing the risk factors to succeed.
- The plaque control can be achieved by meticulously improving the oral hygiene regimen at home.
- Regular hygiene appointments or deep cleans can help remove plaque that is otherwise difficult to access at home. This is why patients who are suffering gum disease are advised to attend the dentist once every three months.
- Smoking cessation, taking what actions you can to cut down or stop entirely will improve healing significantly.
- A healthy diet, and management of any underlying conditions such as diabetes will also help significantly reduce risks and increase healing.
Regular attendance on our Dental Plan helps prevent gum disease
Signing up to our monthly dental plan will encourage regular attendance and hygiene appointments that can prevent gum disease from developing.
Consider adding Air-Flow to your next hygiene appointment
Whether you just want your teeth extra smooth and shiny.
When it comes to getting to those stubborn stains out Air Flow is a perfect add on to the routine hygiene visit.
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