Gum Disease (Periodontics)

Here at The Priors Dental Practice we have a specialist periodontist who can make sure you not only have a smile that looks great but that is healthy too.

Gum disease is a very common condition. Most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree and most people experience it at least once. It is however much less common in children.

It is important to keep your gums healthy because conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease can be very serious and can lead to severe decay, pain in the gums and the formation of abscesses.

Good oral health

In order to enjoy good oral health and protect your teeth and gums, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time, floss and rinse using mouthwash regularly and visit your dentist at least once a year. Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontal disease and it can be easily avoided by simply spending a few minutes each day cleaning your teeth.

If you do suffer from problems with your gums, including bleeding gums, gum recession or soreness in the gums, our experienced dental hygienist can offer a range of treatments, as well as practical advice and tips on how to help improve the state of your gums. Here at the Priors Dental Practice, we’re pleased to offer our clients the latest in periodontal treatments including Florida probe Diagnostics, Bespoke periodontal programmes and Helbo Photodynamic Therapy.

Who can get Gum Disease?

Most people can get mild gum disease but some people are susceptible to more aggressive forms. Severe gum disease, especially if you have it at a young age, can run in families. There are a few factors that put people at higher risk of getting severe gum disease.

These include:

  • Diabetes (especially if poorly controlled)
  • Smoking (possibly including e-cigarettes)
  • Stress
  • A poor diet lacking in vitamins and minerals
  • Obesity
  • Certain medications

Signs and symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease is usually pain-free and so you may be unaware of it until your dentist or hygienist checks for it.

Here are some of the symptoms you may notice that should raise concerns:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing or even whilst eating
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Spaces appearing between teeth
  • Loose teeth or teeth moving position in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks

Did you know?

  • Gum disease is completely treatable if diagnosed early enough.
  • Over half the population has gum disease, often without knowing it.
  • Gum disease is linked to a number of health conditions including diabetes.
  • Gum disease can lead to bad breath, loose teeth and painful gums if left untreated.
  • The scientific literature shows a strong relationship between gum disease and various medical conditions.

If you have any questions about our specialist periodontist, oral hygiene, or gum problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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