We have a highly motivated, extensively trained hygienist whose sole aim in the practice is the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Looking after your teeth and gums can prevent a lot of pain and expense in the future. Gum disease is often the underlying cause of many dental problems.
At South Lane Dental we encourage patients to have Regular Refresh hygiene appointments to remove the deposits of plaque. We aim to work with patients individually to prevent and minimise the effects of gum disease, avoiding the need for more invasive dental treatment at a later stage.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main types of gum disease, 'Gingivitis' and 'Periodontal disease'.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often swollen gums bleed when you brush them.
What is Periodontal disease?
Long standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone fixing the teeth to the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.
What is the cause of Gum Disease?
All gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. You can do this by brushing your teeth, and by cleaning in between the teeth with interdental brushes or floss.
How do I know if I have Gum Disease and what should I do?
The first sign may be blood on your toothbrush when you clean your teeth. Your gums may also bleed when you are eating, leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Your breath may also become unpleasant. We would suggest you book to see the dentist or hygienist as soon as possible.