Early stage gum disease is manageable if you follow the advice given by our Clapham dentists.
We all hope, that when we visit our dentist for our regular check up, we will be be told that they will see us again in six months time and that no treatment is needed.
Providing that we have looked after our teeth, and that there have been no mishaps, there is no reason why this should not be the case.
It can come as a bit of a shock then, when the dentist tells us that we have gingivitis. This is an early form of gum disease, but one that needs treatment and should certainly not be ignored.
How did I get gingivitis?
The fact is that, however well your brush your teeth, if you don’t pay due attention to your gums, gingivitis is a distinct possibility. Gently brushing the gums and along the gum line, combined with the use of dental floss, is essential in order to have healthy gums. On its own, gingivitis can have some unpleasant effects, such as sore or inflamed gums bleeding when brushing and even bad breath. The most important thing to remember though, is that it is also a precursor to periodontitis, a much more destructive form of gum disease.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis typically occurs when gingivitis is not treated, or detected. It is a particularly aggressive form of gum disease that not only has similar symptoms to gingivitis, albeit often more noticeable, but also attacks the bone which holds the roots of the teeth in place. If it is not stopped, loose teeth are likely to follow, followed later by tooth loss. Although treatment is available for periodontitis, it is a treatment that is not always successful and can be unpleasant.
What should I do?
The first step in treating gingivitis is to acknowledge that you have it and to follow the advice given to you by the dentist at the Confidental Clinic. You will almost certainly be advised to see our hygienist. This is an excellent way to keep your gums healthy and in good condition. Performing a procedure known as a ‘scale and polish’, they will remove hardened bacterial deposits from the teeth and gum line, followed by a high speed brushing to remove any remaining deposits and bacterial build-up. This is not an uncomfortable procedure and no local anaesthetic is necessary.
Having taken this action, the hygienist may discuss your diet, lifestyle and oral cleaning habits, with a view to improving them, and thereby preventing the return of the problem. Our advice for our Clapham patients is to maintain regular hygienist visits to help you avoid any repeat of the problem. Many patients find, after their first visit to the hygienist, that their teeth both look and feel freserh and healthier and are more than happy to see the hygienist on a regular basis because of that.
Make sure that you are gum disease free by making an appointment at the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060.