Even with good oral hygiene, the likelihood of gum disease is common. Typical signs of gum disease include swollen and red gums which bleed when brushed or flossed.
Also known as gingivitis, gum disease can progress to periodontitis and severe decay in the teeth, possibly even tooth loss, receding of the gums or abscesses.
If you are showing signs of gingivitis, it will be necessary to assess the extent of the condition and treat accordingly. In most cases early signs of gum disease can be treated by our hygienists who will give your teeth a deep clean to remove plaque and then use antiseptics or antibiotics to fight the bacteria.
In severe cases, minor surgery may be required by one of the River Practice’s periodontics specialists. This will be used in conjunction with a maintenance treatment programme to prevent further deterioration of your gums.
Prevention is always better than cure and gum disease is no exception. Brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day and flossing daily will help prevent periodontal problems. However, it can be difficult to detect the early signs of gum disease and, therefore, it is important to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.
If you think you have early signs of gum disease, don’t put treatment off. Seek help today from the River Practice to minimise the damage it can cause.