Gum Disease and Periodontics

Treating Gum Disease in Harley Street London

Whilst many people would argue that they take good care of their teeth, there is a strong likelihood that they don’t pay the same amount of care and attention to their gums.

This is a common mistake, and one that can have significant repercussions. In fact, gum disease can be quite severe and has even been linked to heart disease in recent studies.

So, how can you tell if you have gum disease?

The most likely early symptoms are a swelling and soreness of the gums. You may also experience some bleeding too, especially when brushing your teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is strongly advised that you visit our Harley Street dentist as soon as possible to nip any problems in the bud, before they start to cause serious dental issues. Other possible symptoms are halitosis (although there are other causes of this too) and sensitive teeth.

Because gum disease attacks the soft tissue that holds the teeth in place, there is a significantly increased risk of loss of teeth if disease is present.

There can be many causes of gum disease and not only neglect of oral hygiene. Smoking, stress and diabetes are all factors that increase the risk of gum disease; however, it can also be genetic and there is little that can be done about it if this is the case, though the risks can of course be minimised.

So, what can be done if you have gum disease?

The first thing that you should do is to visit your dentist who will be able to provide expert advice and set you on the right course. It is best not to self diagnose using the internet, as whilst this may be useful for initial diagnosis, nothing can replace the experience and expertise of a qualified dentist.

Depending on the severity of the gum disease, it may be possible to rid it simply by improving your oral healthcare regime, perhaps with an initial help of antibiotics to help relieve any swelling of the gums.

More invasive treatments may include scale and polishing; this removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth. This can even build up in those of us who do take good care of our teeth, as there are many areas that we struggle to reach with a tooth brush and flossing.

On rarer occasions, a dentist may take the option of cleaning any disease from the root of a tooth. This naturally is done using anaesthetic. Unfortunately, there may also be occasions, where it is simply too late to save a tooth, and for the health of surrounding teeth, a decision may need to be taken to remove it.

As can be seen; like many dental problems; early treatment will prevent more serious problems later on and therefore it is reccomended that a dental appointment is made as soon as you notice any of the early warning symptoms.

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