Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Most teeth are lost through gum disease so Dickon will keep a close eye on your gum health at every examination. If there is any reason for concern, active treatment will be suggested to ensure that the gums stay healthy. You will often not notice any signs that you have gum problems until it is too late so it is essential that your dentist diagnoses it.
On many occasions gum health will be overseen by one of the MDS practice hygienists in conjunction with Dickon. Dickon will often take more of a role if there are more pressing problems to ensure that your cleaning regime and professional cleaning are helping to prevent problem areas from developing further.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
If you get any bleeding when cleaning your teeth then it is possible that you have some level of gum disease. Another sign is that your teeth may start to feel a bit loose. If so you need to get it checked out. Click for more information from the British Dental Health Foundation website.
The biggest problem with gum (periodontal) disease is that you can look as though you have healthy gums with very little bleeding, but underneath the gum line things can be very different. This can result in gum disease going undetected and is even more pronounced in smokers, who have been shown to be six times more at risk from developing severe gum disease.
How is gum disease treated?
You will have your gums checked at every dental examination. If I find that there areas of concern i will let you know. I will take time to check your cleaning techniques and review this in a few weeks. If necessary I will record the areas where there is gum disease. Your gum disease will often only be around some parts of some teeth so I only need to treat those areas. These areas will be cleaned thoroughly over several visits.
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