The gums are the foundations of our teeth and therefore must be maintained to a high standard for any potential simple or complex dental treatment to be carried out. Together with our excellent hygienist we will ensure your periodontal health is of the highest standard before any other dental treatment is carried out. With increasing links between periodontal disease and systemic diseases maintaining gum health has never been so important. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in the western world and most sufferers are unaware of their problem. Untreated gum disease results in loosening and eventual loss of the teeth. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth. As the tissues are damaged a pocket between the tooth and gum develops. Generally the more severe the disease, the greater the pocket depth – and subsequent bone loss. The enlarged pockets allow harmful bacteria to grow. Left un-treated periodontal disease will lead to premature tooth loss. Tooth loss is not the only potential problem posed by periodontal diseases. Medical research suggests there may be a link between periodontal disease and other health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia and increased risk during pregnancy.
Why do my gums bleed?
We all have bacteria in our mouths and a build-up of these bacteria is known as plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that can damage tissues which support the teeth, causing inflammation of the gum, this is called GINGIVITIS. When teeth and gums are not brushed on a regular basis the inflamed gums can bleed spontaneously or when brushing. Untreated gum disease can go from gingivitis to PERIODONTITIS, which is advanced form of gum disease, which involves bone loss around the teeth. You may be prone to recurrent infections that require treatment with antibiotics. To prevent gum disease, we recommend to brush twice daily with a medium toothbrush, for at least two minutes and to use a tooth paste containing fluoride to prevent decay. You can also use interdental cleaning aids such as floss or interdental brushes. Regularly visit the dentist so your gum health can be monitored and maintained through professional hygiene treatment.