Gum disease may sound daunting, but it’s actually a lot more common than you think and can affect anyone, at any age. The good news is that there’s a simple way of treating and preventing early gum disease, and that’s with regular dental hygiene treatments in Mortlake.
Dental hygiene treatments at Mortlake
Early gum disease can so often go unnoticed, which is why our screening process is offered as standard at any of your routine examinations. This helps us to detect gum disease before it’s had a chance to cause any real harm and gives us the opportunity to treat any mild symptoms you may have been experiencing such as:
- Swollen gums
- Sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Infected gums
If you’re presenting with the early signs of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, we can treat this with a simple polishing, but we also offer more advanced treatments too, depending on what you need.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a pretty slow progressing condition for most, and during the earliest stages known as gingivitis, it can be relatively simple to treat. Usually, gingivitis causes swollen gums and redness around the teeth that feel tender and sore. If gingivitis goes untreated, however, it can often lead to periodontal disease, which is a more advanced form of gum disease and can be much more harmful, even leading to tooth loss if left to develop.
Gum disease can form as a result of a number of things, but the most common reason is a poor oral health routine. Plaque build-up often leads to gum disease, which is why brushing regularly and seeing your dentist routinely is often all that’s needed to keep it at bay. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how best to look after your teeth and keep them clean at home, but they will also be able to give you thorough, deep cleans to keep them looking and feeling good and healthy.
How is gum disease treated?
Your hygienist may advise a range of different treatments depending on the nature of your gum disease and how severe it is. Treatments can vary from a simple deep clean, known as a cleansing and polish, to antibiotics to treat an infection or more advanced gum therapy, including deep cleaning beneath the gums or even gum surgery.
You will also be given some guidance on lifestyle, with advice on the best diet, and things to avoid and if you smoke, you may also be advised to stop smoking.
Are you worried about gum disease?
Gum disease happens to most of us in some form, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. More often than not, getting hygiene treatments as soon as you notice an issue can be all it takes to rectify the issue and keep your mouth clean and free of harmful bacteria. Here at Mortlake, we have a wealth of experience in treating varying degrees of gum disease, so if you’re concerned, why not get in touch with our team on 020 8876 5398