Periodontal & Gum Disease Treatment in York
Gum disease can be a major cause of tooth loss in adults. The good news is that it is preventable.
There are two types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis). Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, which can be treated fairly simply with good oral hygiene and cleaning treatments. Symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding gums (usually after brushing), tender, swollen gums and redness in the gum
What are the signs and symptoms of gum problems?
At Fresh Dental Smile Clinic we are here to offer and help and advice when it comes to dealing with gum disease. If gingivitis is left untreated it can develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease, which causes permanent damage to the supportive bone tissue and the gums. Periodontal disease causes pockets to develop between the teeth and the gums, which can become infected with painful abscesses. As the bone becomes increasingly damaged, the tooth starts to come loose in the socket and eventually falls out. Symptoms of advanced gum disease can include dental pain, sore, tender gums and receding gums. Periodontal disease can eventually lead to abscesses and the need for tooth extractions.
What treatments are available?
Treatment for advanced gum disease is designed to reverse and prevent the condition from getting worse. Treatments include intensive cleaning of the actual root surfaces to debride the area of the harmful bacteria as well as basic dental hygiene treatments such as scaling and polishing.
Preventing gum disease
At Fresh Dental Smile Clinic we believe that prevention is better than cure and we actively encourage all our patients to attend regular dental check-ups and dental hygiene sessions so we can detect any early signs of gum disease or periodontitis. We also promote a good daily oral hygiene routine and our expert dentists and dental hygienists are happy to discuss oral hygiene products, brushing tips and healthy eating to try and promote good oral health and ensure that you have healthy, strong teeth and a beautiful smile.