We’ve answered some of our patients frequently asked questions to help you understand more on the importance of gum care.
Here at Bow Lane Dental we are proud to offer a wide range of gum care services to suit your needs. We have Dental Hygienists for routine maintenance of the gums and polishing teeth, and also offer specialist treatment with our Periodontist.
Gum disease (gingivitis) often occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene. Gum disease is a common condition that results in the gums being red, swollen and sometimes infected. Also, in the UK, nine out of every ten people have gum disease, even if it’s only a small amount.
Periodontal diseases are infections that affect the structures around the teeth, which include your gums, bone and the periodontal ligament (this holds your tooth in). Periodontal disease is mainly caused by the build-up of various bacteria in dental plaque, but it can also be linked to genetics, smoking, medications, stress and poor nutrition.
Periodontitis is a more advanced gum disease where the inner layer of the patients gum pulls away from the tooth and the bone shrinks, causing pockets to form. These pockets can collect debris and become infected. Toxins in the bacteria found in plaque, therefore they begin to break down the bone and surrounding connective tissues, which can lead to permanent loss of teeth.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease where bacteria in plaque builds up and causes gums to become swollen and inflamed. They may also bleed during tooth brushing. Therefore, left untreated, some cases may lead to Periodontitis. They may also bleed during tooth brushing. Therefore, left untreated, some cases may lead to Periodontitis.
Gum disease can often go unnoticed. Symptoms of gum disease can include bleeding gums, gum recession and tooth sensitivity. Gums can appear red and swollen; whereas others may notice bad breath and even a bad taste in the mouth.
In the early stages of gum disease, you can often improve the symptoms with regular brushing, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash. If you are suffering with a more severe case of gum disease such as periodontitis, you will need to see care from a Periodontist.
Most importantly, if gum disease is left untreated, the chances are that it could lead to more complicated dental problems further down the line, including permanent tooth loss. Also, it is best to consult your Dentist who can create a personalised treatment plan.
Antibacterial mouthwash can ease mild cases of gum disease. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help fight bacteria. Above all, it is important to note that using mouthwash alone can’t prevent gingivitis.
Fahd is our talented specialist Periodontist here at Bow Lane Dental Group who actively participates in mentoring and training young dental students, newly qualified dentists and general practitioners in the management of gum disease. He was also awarded the prestigious ‘National Dentist of the Year’ title at the 2017 Dental Republic awards ceremony.
Read more about Fahd by clicking the link here.
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