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Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is caused by infection or inflammation of the gums. If it goes untreated gum disease can worsen, resulting in damage to the supporting bone.

Types of gum disease

When there is a lack of oral hygiene or a bacterial build up around the gums, this may lead to bleeding and inflammation.

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Signs include bleeding gums, redness and/or the gum may appear to recede from the base of the teeth.

When a patient is suffering from mild gingivitis, the dentist can remove dental plaque which may be the cause of the problem and provide homecare instructions to prevent reoccurrence. If this treatment does not work a patient may require antibiotics.

The second and more severe stage of gum disease is periodontitis. This is when the bacterial infection affecting the gum moves into the deeper tissues surrounding the teeth and can affect the alveolar bone. Periodontitis can result in the loss of a tooth if the supporting bone is destroyed by bacteria.

As well as a lack of oral hygiene, gum disease may be caused by:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Poor general health

Treating gum disease

As well as brushing and flossing regularly, gum disease can be treated by your Horton Dental Practice dentist who will remove dental plaque during routine appointments.

Where gum disease has progressed, the dentist will remove plaque by scaling the tooth surface to and beneath the gum line. This treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic to avoid discomfort.

To protect your gums against disease, please ensure the following:

  • Brush and floss after every meal. Your dentist or dental hygienist will show you the best techniques
  • Use dentist-recommended oral healthcare products
  • Visit the dental hygienist at our practice

If your gums are bleeding or inflamed, please contact Horton Dental Practice as soon as possible by calling 020 8391 9222 or click here to contact us.

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