05 Feb

London Dentist Treats Gum Disease

Gum disease (gingivitis) is widespread throughout the U.K. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria, their by- and end- products, and dental plaque, cause the gum tissues to become inflamed. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include swelling, redness, pain, temperature, and bleeding and/or visible pus around the gums. Although gum disease is caused by local conditions, such as bacteria and plaque, it can be made worse or better by the body’s responses to the inflammation. If treated early enough, gingivitis can be reversed. If not treated in time or properly, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease, which causes oral bone loss, tooth loosening and/or tooth loss. Periodontitis can also lead to abscesses and bad breath (i.e., halitosis).
Your London dentist can treat your gum diseases, however they will tell you that prevention if the key to good gum health. You should have regular checkups and professional cleanings. Your London dentist and dental hygienist will teach you how to brush and floss your teeth properly. You should brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes each time, and make sure that you floss your teeth at least once daily. If your gum disease is very severe, you may be referred to a gum specialist (periodontist). Tooth scaling and root planning can help with gum diseases, along with antibiotic treatment. Other times, gum surgery may need to be used to correct your gum problems.