Gum Disease Treatment
Maintain good oral health with gum disease treatment in Milton Keynes
Gum disease shows itself as swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues which support the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Gingivitis results in inflammation of the gums, making them red and swollen, and causing them to bleed when you brush your teeth. Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, which affects the tissues around the teeth. Severe periodontal disease leads to bone loss in the jaw and subsequent tooth loss. The truth is, more teeth are lost each year through periodontal disease than through tooth decay.
Here at Oxley Park Dental Practice in Milton Keynes we take gum disease seriously. If you’re concerned about gum disease and want to get ahead of any issues, book an examination with us, and Dr Bechar will advise you on any issues with your oral health and the state of your gums.
The benefits of gum disease treatment at Oxley Park Dental Practice
- Prevents tooth and bone loss.
- Identifies and addresses the causes of gum disease.
- Treats painful, swollen gums.
- Reduces the risk of infection.
- Addresses bleeding of the gums.
Gum Disease Treatment FAQs
All gum disease is caused by bacteria that continually form on the surface of the teeth and gums, commonly known as plaque. Many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, but some have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease.
Make sure to remove all plaque from your teeth every day by brushing and flossing. If you’re unsure you’re getting rid of all the plaque, contact us to book an appointment with the hygienist, who will show you how to brush and floss properly
Gum disease progresses painlessly, so you might not notice the damage it is doing until it’s well underway. The bacteria that cause gum disease will eventually begin to make your gums sore, progressing to abscesses and pus oozing from around the teeth. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost, making treatment much more difficult. In the case of gum disease, prevention is far easier than cure!
The first sign is usually blood on the toothbrush or in the water when you rinse your mouth. Your gums may also bleed when you are eating, leaving the taste of iron in your mouth and affecting the smell of your breath.
Visit Oxley Park Dental Practice for a thorough check-up of your teeth and gums. Dr Bechar can measure the ‘cuff’ of gum around each tooth to see if periodontal disease has already set in. X-rays may also be needed to understand how much bone has been lost. This thorough assessment is essential, and forms the basis of the treatments prescribed.
Dr Bechar will clean your teeth thoroughly to remove the scale. You’ll also be shown how to remove plaque successfully yourself, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly and effectively. If you can remove plaque, you can prevent further damage.
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At Oxley Park Dental Practice, we emphasise dental hygiene and regular visits to the hygienist to ensure optimum gum health. The hygienist will also show you correct methods of brushing and flossing and check to ensure you’re doing it right.HEALTHY GUMS