WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease (gingivitis) or bone loss around a tooth (periodontists) is an infection of teeth support structures, and is one of the main causes of teeth loss. Because gum disease is usually passive, quiet and painless, while it is happening it cannot be identified. There can easily be no warning signs. Gum disease is caused by plaque, this is the sticky substance that surrounds the neck of the teeth and can minenarlise and change to Tatar which migrates down the neck of teeth.
This can eventually cause looseness of teeth.
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE?
Easily bleeding gums
Red,swollen, sore gums
Recession, gums that have receded from the teeth
The bite of your teeth altering
Persistent bad breath or bad taste
Permanent teeth that are loose or are separating
Good dental care at home is essential to help keeping periodontal disease from becoming more serious or from recurring.
WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS OF GUM DISEASE?
We provide our patients with lifetime care, we offer a wide variety of state-of-the-art treatment options for gum disease to help our patients improve and maintain their oral health.
'Prevention is far better than cure' this age old saying in Medicine is correct. Awareness of good Oral hygiene and good healthy gums. Teeth Brushing, Flossing and Mouthwash are gold standard daily practices (read more) Spiral inter-dental toothbrushes, floss-sticks, super floss are some of the other processes that can be used.
Interdental brushes are very good at reaching those difficult areas that are not easily accessible by a toothbrush.
Please click the animation sequence above to learn more.
Tooth Brushing - spend at least 4 to 5 minutes doing this
A circular motion is best approaching from 45 degrees angle. A circular motion is far superior, cleans much better, and is less damaging on the gums than an up/down motion or left/right stroke.
Scub and clean every surface of all the teeth that you can if using a Automatic Toothbrush, carefully follow the directions.
Flossing (please click demonstration animation) is best done after meals, and ideally daily.
Wrap around a small 20 cm strand around 2 fingers on both hands, place floss between teeth and go right down the gap between the teeth. Go down either side of the gap and follow the shape of both teeth, on either side of the gap.