If your gums’ health deteriorates, you could lose your teeth! Our gums are the foundation on which our oral health is built.
Throbbing and bleeding gums are often the result of poor gum health and gum disease or periodontitis. Infections in the gums left untreated can cause the jawbone to break down and teeth to become loose.
Gum infections can also target implants and cause them to become loose and fail. This is known as peri-implantitis.
The first sign of gum disease is bleeding gums, otherwise known as Gingivitis, and the good news is that this stage can be reversible.
We can help you keep gum disease in check.
Gum disease is a spectrum. At one end of the scale, we have reversible Gingivitis; at the other, we have chronic periodontitis. Where you are on this spectrum, we have the resources to treat this.
How do you treat gum disease?
Your teeth and gums will be assessed to determine the extent of the health of your gums and also to check plaque and bleeding levels. Any risk factors you have, e.g. diabetes, stress, family history, will be considered. It may be that specific measurements are required for each tooth for us to diagnose your gum healthfully.
Your teeth and gums will be cleaned using specific precision instruments. Guidance will also be given on areas you may unconsciously miss when cleaning.
A bespoke cleaning regime will be provided, and any further appointments will be discussed.
If your gum disease is advanced or not responding to treatment, we may need to refer you to a specialist.
For some people, we may ask them to see the hygiene therapist before we undertake more advanced treatment such as veneers, braces or implants, as we want to ensure that your mouth is in optimal health before we start treatment.
Do I have to see the hygiene therapist if I don’t have gum disease?
We advise everyone to see a hygiene therapist every six months. Prevention is always better than cure, and they can track your gum health and spot problems early on.
No matter how good we are at cleaning and flossing our teeth, there will always be some degree of calculus that you will not be able to remove at home (and we recommend that you don’t try to). If calculus remains on the teeth and gums, then over time, it can grow and cause the gum to get sore and bleed. The hygiene therapist can target and remove this calculus using special instruments, thus keeping your mouth healthy.
The hygiene therapist can also remove stains from your teeth, helping to give you a naturally whiter and brighter smile.
What causes stains on my teeth, and how can they be removed?
Heavily coloured foods and drinks like coffee, tea, green tea, red wine, curry, turmeric and smoking can cause staining. Any rough areas on your teeth will also pick up stains faster than smooth areas.
Stains can be removed with exceptional polish and brush.