Periodontal Treatment (Gum Disease)

Gingivitis

The biggest cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. When optimal brushing and flossing are not carried out properly, plaque is allowed to build up along the gum line, resulting in gum inflammation and infection. This condition is called gingivitis and almost all adults will suffer from this to some degree throughout their lives. One of the earliest signs is bleeding gums when you brush your teeth.

Gingivitis

The biggest cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. When optimal brushing and flossing are not carried out properly, plaque is allowed to build up along the gum line, resulting in gum inflammation and infection. This condition is called gingivitis and almost all adults will suffer from this to some degree throughout their lives. One of the earliest signs is bleeding gums when you brush your teeth.

Periodontal Disease

If gum disease is left untreated, it can develop into a more severe condition known as periodontal disease. This is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. With periodontal disease, the bacterial infection progresses to the deeper supporting tissues of the teeth, known as the periodontal tissues.  As the disease progresses, the bone supporting the teeth recedes. Having lost the bone support from around the roots of the natural teeth, this causes loosening of the teeth  and eventually the teeth can fall out.

Smoking and Oral Health

Smokers are far more likely to suffer with more severe gum problems. Smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and this has an adverse effect on the healing process. This means infections in the gums are slow to heal.

Diabetes and gum periodontal disease

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing gum disease.

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause levels of glucose to rise in the saliva and this creates a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease and dental decay.

Smoking and Oral Health

Smokers are far more likely to suffer with more severe gum problems. Smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and this has an adverse effect on the healing process. This means infections in the gums are slow to heal.

Diabetes and gum periodontal disease

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing gum disease.

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause levels of glucose to rise in the saliva and this creates a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease and dental decay.

Preventing Dental Disease

At Yatton Dental and Implant Centre preventing dental disease is a fundamental part of our work. We aim to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental health through regular visits with our hygienists . We have a preventative dental team and a specialist periodontist, who is an expert in treating more complex gum problems.