Your periodontal tissues are basically your gums! These are important to your overall dental health as they support your teeth. Over 80% of most adults have some form of gum disease (Periodontitis) and/or mouth odour, a problem that can be reduced with regular visits to our Dentists and Hygienists.
Many people are unaware that they have gum disease as there are very few symptoms until the infection is fairly advanced. Things to look out for are bleeding gums, sensitive gums, bad breath and receding gums, which are all early indications of gum disease.
There are many types of gum disease and they can affect both young and old. Heredity does play a part in gum disease so if a family member has it then a thorough examination
is advisable. Lifestyle impacts severely on gum disease so a good nutritious diet and
avoiding smoking is vital.
Gum disease can be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular visits to our Hygienist. Early stages are treated with simple scaling and oral hygiene instruction, which can be carried out in conjunction with six monthly check-ups.
Later stages are treated with Root Debridement (deep cleaning) and local anaesthetic is usually given. The treatment is carried out by our fully qualified and experienced Hygienists. They will clean and polish your teeth, advise you on how to care for your teeth and gums on a routine daily basis. The Hygienist can also administer Fluoride, Fissure Seal teeth, and give local anaesthetic if required. They also provide dietary and anti-smoking advice, all of which are part of our programme of prevention.
Advanced gum disease is treated with more complex surgical procedures.