Healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth
Healthy gums are pink and firm. They provide a stable foundation for your teeth and protect against bacteria, which is why it is so important to keep them as clean as possible with a thorough home care routine and regular hygienist visits.
Gum disease most often occurs due to a build-up of plaque on the teeth and gum line due to a lack of adequate brushing or flossing. Bleeding after cleaning your teeth, redness or inflammation are the first tell-tale signs of gum disease so it is important to get on top of these as soon as possible.
Other factors known to cause gum disease include smoking, a poor diet, overcrowding in the mouth, diabetes and some medications or medical treatments.
There are two stages of gum disease:
- Gingivitis: often characterised by swollen gums, redness, soreness and bleeding after brushing
- Periodontitis: the second stage of gum disease involves bone loss around teeth which can become extremely serious. It can lead to loosening of teeth or tooth loss, chronic bad breath and abscesses
How to Treat Gum Disease
The most effective way to avoid gum disease is to practise a regular and methodical home care routine. This includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Investing in an electric toothbrush can also be a great way to reduce the build-up of plaque on the teeth.
When gum disease has progressed, your dentists at Dutch Barton Dental Practice are experienced in all aspects of periodontal care. We offer a variety of treatments and surgeries to improve your gum health. More complex cases will be referred to our trusted periodontal colleague who has worked alongside our team for many years.
We will always work with you to improve and enhance your oral care and are committed to ensuring your ongoing gum health.