Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontics is the dental speciality focusing exclusively in the inflammatory disease that destroys the gums and other supporting structures around the teeth.
Periodontal disease or otherwise known as gum disease, is usually a slow progressing disease and most people are unaware they have it. The most obvious signs include: bleeding gums, bad breath, bad taste, receding gums and loose teeth.
Inflammation of the gums presents in many different forms, ranging from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis) with varying levels of soft tissue destruction leading to possible tooth loss.
Treatment depends on how serious your gum disease is and the aim is to control any existing disease and prevent further problems.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up around teeth that are not cleaned properly. Other contributing factors include smoking, diabetes and sugary foods.
How can gum disease be prevented?
Prevention of gum disease maybe controlled by the amount of plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth. To do this you should brush and floss correctly, visit your dentist and hygienist regularly and stop smoking if applicable.
What does treatment entail?
Mild gum disease may be treated with a daily brushing and flossing routine. In some cases, root planning may be required, which is a deep clean under the gums that removes bacteria. If you have severe gum disease, you may need further treatment, such as periodontal surgery.