Gum Disease

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is described as swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis means ‘inflammation of the gums'. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning.

What is periodontal disease?

Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone holding the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.

What is the cause of gum disease?

All gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease.

To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing and cleaning in between the teeth with ‘interdental' brushes or floss.

What treatments are needed?

Here at Breeze Dental you will be booked in for a appointment with one of our team at this appointment a ultrasonic scaler is used which will remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth. You will also be shown how to remove plaque successfully yourself, cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly and effectively. A good oral care routine at home with brushing and interdental cleaning is the most important thing you can do to help prevent gum disease getting worse.

 

If you feel you suffer from gum disease contact us today to book an appointment.

 

Practice hours...

Mon:7.00 am - 7.00 pm*
Tue:7.00 am - 7.00 pm*
Wed:7.00 am - 7.00 pm*
Thu:7.00 am - 7.00 pm*
Fri:7.00 am - 4.00 pm*
Sat:8.30 am - 12.00 pm*
Sun:CLOSED

The above hours apply to Breeze Dental @ Chester Road
In case of emergency, please call the practice number for instructions on how to proceed.

Please note, *normal working hours are Monday-Thursday 9.00 am till 5.00 pm, and Friday 9.00 am till 4.00 pm. Appointments outside of this time are made by prior arrangement only. To avoid disappointment, please call first!
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