Gentle treatment for gum disease in Leeds
Periodontics is the specialised area of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases that affect the gums, bone and supporting tissues of the teeth.
Gum disease is a very common problem and has become the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults, with many people experiencing some form of gum disease during their lifetime. It is very important to spot and treat gum disease at the earliest possible stage because left untreated the disease causes the gum and bone surrounding the teeth to breakdown, and eventually the teeth can become loose and fall out.
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque, a film of bacteria which forms continually on the surface of our teeth and gums. If plaque is not removed by thorough twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and regular flossing it hardens into tartar, which over time can cause inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis, the first signs of which are when the gums become tender and inflamed, and start to bleed, especially noticeable after brushing.
If gingivitis is left untreated it can turn into periodontal disease for which there is no specific cure, though it can be controlled through careful oral care and special treatment from your dentist and dental hygienist, depending on how advanced your gum disease has become.
How do we help you avoid periodontal disease?
Avoiding the chances of developing gum disease is one of the main reasons that routine checkups with both your dentist and dental hygienist are so important. At Fountain Dental our dentists and dental hygienist always carry out a thorough examination of the condition of your gums during routine dental examinations to ensure any sign of gum disease is spotted early and treated. Our hygienist is always on hand to show you how to brush properly and how to use floss and inter-dental brushes to remove food debris and plaque that are among the main causes of gum problems.
If you have any concerns about your teeth and gums, especially if you have noticed any bleeding from your mouth or your gums appear to be red and swollen, call us today to make an appointment to be checked for gum disease as soon as possible. If you have any questions about periodontal treatment, would like more information or you’re unsure whether or not you need treatment please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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