What is Periodontitis?
Inflammation and infection of the gums caused by plaque (bacteria) which has built up on the teeth. If it is not cleaned thoroughly and often enough it can lead to inflammation and gum disease. Over time it can cause serious damage to the teeth and gums and to the bone supporting the teeth. This can result in loose teeth and can lead to tooth loss.
How do I know if I have periodontitis/gum disease?
You may experience red and swollen gums which can be tender. The gums will bleed easily and will have shrunk down from the teeth. You may notice persistent bad breath and a poor taste. Abscesses may form between the teeth and gums. You may notice some teeth may be mobile.
What can I do?
Visit the practice for an assessment to determine the severity of the disease process and to discuss a plan to manage this at home and in the dental surgery. This will involve professional cleaning to remove the plaque and calculus above the gum and into the space between the tooth and the gum.
You can help this process by learning some excellent oral hygiene daily habits which we can help you with. If you are a smoker now is the time to make a life change as smoking increases the risk of the disease and reduces the chances of successful treatment.
We will show you how to effectively use dental floss to clean between your teeth daily. You should use a soft headed tooth brush to clean both your teeth and gums at the correct angle.
You may well need to visit the dentist every three months until you achieve a time when the condition can be maintained.
What Do I need to tell my dentist about my general health?
All current medications, both prescribed and over the counter. All medical conditions, in particular if you have diabetes, any heart conditions.
How will the treatment benefit me?
Your mouth will feel and look healthier. The teeth will feel and look clean and you will have a better chance of keeping your teeth.