Gum (Periodontal) Disease(s)

These days, more adult teeth are lost due to gum (periodontal) disease than through dental decay.

The gums are the foundations for the teeth and therefore their health is critical for establishing and maintaining a healthy mouth. Good gum health is a pre-requisite before all other forms of dentistry can be considered.

Recent research has highlighted the links between gum disease and general health. Relationships have been identified between periodontal health and diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes, respiratory disease and premature babies to name but a few.

It is known that 10-15% of the population suffer from severe periodontal disease. Unfortunately many of these cases are identified at a late stage once much of the damage has already occurred. All patients of the practice are screened for the early stages of gum disease in order to identify and therefore treat people before much of the damage has occurred.

Dr Sarah Manton is a registered specialist and Dr Christopher Reeks has a special interest in periodontology and they both accept referrals from within the practice and from many other dentists around the country in order to treat all forms of periodontal disorders.

For more information on gum diseases or periodontology (the study of gum diseases), please visit the website of the British Society of Periodontology.

Hygienist Services

Dental hygienists are specially trained members of the dental team who work with dentists to provide care for patients.

They play an important role in dental health care and are mainly concerned with gum health, showing people correct home care as well assisting with the removal of harmful deposits and applying preventative materials to the teeth and gums.

Gum disease, as with tooth decay, is caused by a sticky substance called plaque. If this is not removed regularly by brushing and cleaning between the teeth then irreversible damage to the teeth, the supporting bone and gums can occur. Hygienists are trained to be able to identify, remove and give advice on the management of dental plaque. They are also trained to help give advice on a healthy diet to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

If your gums look red or swollen or if they bleed when brushing or flossing then you may have early signs of gum problems and this can often be hidden in patients who smoke. If managed at an early stage the process may be slowed or arrested and problems later in life are therefore minimised.

Combining regular hygienist appointments with your own home care is the best way to maintain a healthy mouth to keep your teeth strong and with fresher breath!

Booking hygienist appointments for your children will help keep their teeth clean and help educate them on the best way to keep a healthy mouth so preventing dental problems in later life.