Healthy gums are key to preventing tooth loss.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK and it may be a surprise for some to hear that most of us will have gum disease, to some extent, during our lifetime. The key here though, is the level of the problem and its treatment.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when the level of gingival bacteria builds up in our mouths above a manageable level. Whilst under control, it causes no real problem, but when increased, forms plaque, a hardened substance on our teeth. This often leads to soreness, inflammation and possibly bleeding of the gums.
At this stage the disease is usually referred to as gingivitis. Later stage gum disease is known as periodontitis which attacks not only the gums, but the jawbone too and is far more serious.
Preventing Gum Disease
The most obvious way to prevent gum disease is by regular brushing and flossing of the teeth. Flossing unfortunately, often gets neglected, but is highly effective at removing the bacteria and other food debris from between the teeth.
At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, at your regular hygiene sessions, we will be pleased to advise you on how to floss effectively, should you need help; or to offer advice on the alternative methods available.
Keeping well hydrated also helps to prevent the buildup of gingival bacteria. It does so partly by helping to wash away some of the bacteria when we drink, but also by helping us to avoid having a dry mouth.
Because the bacteria thrive in a warm dry environment, having a dry mouth provides a perfect place for the bacteria to expand so hydration is important to prevent this.
By visiting our Clapham based hygienist, you will also be helping to protect from the onset of gum disease.
However well we brush and floss, there are always area of the teeth that are very difficult to reach ourselves; the rear of the back teeth being a prime example. Our hygienist will be able to identify any areas where plaque has built up and then remove this with a scale and polish.
Patients with certain medical conditions, e.g. diabetes should be particularly diligent to ensure that they don’t miss their regular check ups at Confidental Clinic, as the risk of gum disease is actually higher in people with some conditions.
To arrange a dental check up at Confidental Clinic in Clapham, or to visit our hygienist, please call us on 020 7801 9060.