It is imperative to keep your gums healthy to prevent problems such as inflammation, swelling and bleeding.
Gum disease is a serious issue that can cause ongoing health problems if left untreated.
Gum disease can affect people of any age and can result in the loss of a tooth or teeth as well as infection and pain.
It is caused by a build-up of plaque on the gums which makes them vulnerable to bacteria. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, if this is not treated properly it can lead to periodontics.
Gum disease can be caused by any of the following:
- Poor oral care
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- A high sugar or carbohydrate-rich diet
- Diseases such as diabetes or cancer
- Overcrowding of teeth
At The Walden Dental Clinic, we want to help you look after your gums by removing plaque from affected areas when you attend for routine appointments. Our hygienists are also able to perform this important cleaning technique.
When gum disease has developed further, the dentist will remove plaque by scaling your tooth’s surface and below the gum line.
To fight against gum disease, we recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day, using dentist- recommended oral healthcare products and making regular visits to our hygienist.