Most people are aware that healthy gums will lengthen the life of our teeth, combat bad breath and help us feel more confident about our appearance, but did you know that medical research has found a proven link between gum disease and other serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis? Gum disease has even been linked to premature labour in pregnancy.
Like our teeth, gums are at risk from disease. Gum disease is caused by the build-up of plaque in the mouth, causing gums to become sore, swollen and inflamed. If left untreated then gum disease can develop into periodontitis, a serious condition which affects the tissue surrounding the tooth. In severe cases, the jawbone can decay and teeth can become loose and even fall out.
Gum disease is very common; in fact it has been estimated that over 50% of adults in the UK have some level of gum disease. Symptoms include red and swollen gums, bleeding gums after brushing or flossing, receding gums, a strange taste in your mouth, bad breath or loose teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact the Practice straight away.
By treating gum disease and by taking better care of our teeth and gums, through a good oral hygiene routine, small changes in lifestyle and diet and regular dental visits, you can not only increase the longevity of your teeth and take steps to avoid serious health conditions, you can also improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Al Llanishen Dental ensuring the gum health of our patients is one of our key priorities. Our gums play a major role in the condition of our mouths and can also affect our overall wellbeing. This is where we can help. Our highly trained dentists and hygienists will do a thorough inspection of your teeth at every appointment and if we find any sign of disease we can carry out gum disease treatment, in order to get your mouth, teeth and gums in tip top condition. We treat gum disease by thoroughly cleaning teeth below the gum line where the major plaque build up occurs. We will then develop an individual oral hygiene plan for you, advising you on brushing techniques, oral health products as well as diet and lifestyle changes that will help prolong the life of your teeth and increase your vitality.
Book an appointment with our Specialist Periodontist for a comprehensive check on the health of your gums or call us on 029 2076 1476.