Dental care is not just about the health of your teeth: untreated gum disease can result in loss of bone, gum and even premature tooth loss. Gum tissue supports your teeth; neglecting it can destabilise your oral health, with some unpleasant symptoms along the way, including bleeding gums, halitosis and abscesses.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is a result of a build up of plaque – a combination of saliva, bacteria and remnants of food. The plaque irritates the gums, causing them to become red and inflamed. If your gums bleed when you clean your teeth, you may be displaying the early signs of gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. Ignore these warning signs, and it may develop into periodontitis: the disease of the gum tissue and underlying jawbone which affects an estimated 15 per cent of adults in the UK.
Can gum disease be reversed?
While curing gum disease is not possible, preventing further recession of the gums is. Furthermore, a skilled specialist dentist may be able to make aesthetic improvements to your gum line. At our specialist dental practice in London’s Harley Street, you will be treated by our highly experienced periodontist. Initially, he will use a periodontal probe to assess the soft tissues around the teeth, conducting any necessary radiographs to investigate loss of bone. The next step is to contain the gum disease; this is achieved through efficient and effective oral hygiene, observed both at home and with treatments carried out at our London specialist dental practice. Finally, missing teeth can be replaced by implants and the decayed bone and receded gum can be built up. At 76 Harley Street, our specialist periodontist will guide you gently through the whole process, both counteracting the damage already caused and advising you on the maintenance required to protect the long-term health of your gums.