Periodontology (Gum Health)
The gums provide the much-needed support structure to the teeth, making their condition essential to overall good dental health. The supporting work that the gums provide to the teeth make it very important for gum health to be monitored closely to ensure that they are free from any periodontal disease, which can cause serious dental problems if not diagnosed and treated in their earliest stages.
Taking care of your gums will be very beneficial if you want to enjoy beautiful smiles for a long period of time. While it can be easy to just focus on the teeth and unknowingly neglect gum health, it is essential to also give our gums the attention that they need so that they can continue providing the support and healthy-looking frame to attractively-white teeth.
How Can You Properly Take Care of Your Gums?
- Proper tooth brushing plays a huge role in achieving and maintaining good periodontal (gum) health. Regular brushing of teeth using just the right amount of pressure will clean not only the surfaces of the teeth, but the spaces between the teeth and the gum line as well. This prevents the build-up of bacteria in the gum line that can cause infections to set in.
- The use of dental floss, and interdental brushes, also help a lot in good gum health maintenance. There are some food bits that tooth brushing alone may not totally remove, and this is where the floss works its magic. The thin dental floss can get in tight spaces (between teeth and along the gum line) that are not reachable by tooth brush bristles, to remove particles that can develop into plaque and tartar if left for a long period of time.
- Going to the dentist for regular checkups will help in the early detection of gum problems. The dentist will be able to see the earliest signs of gum disease that you may not see by yourself with just a visual examination of your mouth, and the corresponding treatment (and diagnosis) can be given to make sure that the gum problem is addressed before it can turn into something more serious.
- Periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, can be prevented if the problem is caught early on and given the proper treatment to avoid complications.
Gum health is important in the overall good function and aesthetics of your smile. The gums provide the support needed by the teeth to be able to carry out normal functions, and also protect the roots of the teeth from being exposed. When the gums start to have problems or get diseased, they lose the firm support that the teeth need; gum problems also contribute to an unhealthy-looking smile, making the gums bleed, look swollen, and take on an unnaturally red hue.
“95% of the British population have active gum disease and are not aware of it. Gum disease is entirely preventable. We will help you take control and cure this dental disease”
The Fight Against Gum Disease
All of our patients are screened for gum disease, and then treated accordingly. We understand the importance of early detection and treatment in fighting gum disease, so we will make sure that your gums will be thoroughly checked for the earliest signs of disease. Part of this quest to prevent and battle gum disease is providing the proper dental hygiene service, as well as effective teeth stain removal with the help of Air N Go air polisher.
We also provide laser treatment for gum diseases, in cases when simple cleaning techniques (such as scaling and root planing) may not be enough to address the periodontal problem. Aside from making sure that your gums stay healthy, we will also ensure fresh breath is a part of your daily life with our fresh breath and hygiene clinic.
What are Periodontal or Gum Disease Symptoms to Look Out for?
- Gums that have come away from the teeth
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or have moved
Gum disease starts when a thin soft film of bacteria (called plaque) sticks to the teeth. If not cleaned away or removed, it will produce poisons that make the gums red, swollen and bleed. If left untreated, the plaque will become hard (tartar) and will become quite difficult to remove. Eventually the bone tissue that supports the teeth will start to be affected and damaged – resulting to tooth loss.