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Gum Treatment

Gum disease is present in about 90% of the population to some degree or other. It ranges from mild gingivitis, which may give rise to some bleeding when you brush, to periodontal disease (known as pyorrhoea), where pocketing around the teeth occurs with bone loss. In severe cases the teeth become loose and can fall out. Plaque with the associated bacteria is the main cause of gum problems and so the treatment is based on its reduction.

Oral hygiene is the most important aspect and so we will go over this a number of times. Initial treatment may involve several sessions with the dentist or hygienist to scale and polish teeth to remove all plaque and calculus. We may carry out the cleaning of deep sites under local anaesthetic so it is more comfortable for you. We may also ask you to take a course of antibiotics to reduce the activity of bacteria under your gums. For deeper persistent sites it may be necessary to clean and reshape areas by a surgical approach.


How do I know if I have Gum Disease?

Gum disease can occur at any age, but is is most common amongst adults. If detected in its early stages, gum disease can be reversed – so see your dentist if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Gums that are red, puffy or swollen, gums that bleed during flossing or brushing.
  • Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded.
  • Gums that have separated, or pulled away, from the necks of your teeth, creating a pocket.
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
  • Pus coming out of your teeth and gums.
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.

How is Gum Disease treated?

By scheduling regular check-ups, early stages of gum disease can be treated before they lead to a more severe condition. Please note smoking can make gum disease worse. It reduces any bleeding from gums, whilst gum disease continues, so you may miss the first signs of any problems.

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