Gum Disease London
Chronic bacterial infection in your gums
Gum disease treatment in London
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a chronic bacterial infection.
Although present in around 45% of the UK population, often, you cannot tell if you have gum disease unless you’ve been assessed by a dentist or hygienist.
At the practice, Dr Mervyn Druian and Dr Leonard Fox frequently diagnose and treat gum disease – they are highly experienced in this field and have an extremely high success rate for these cases.
What does gum disease look like?
Signs you are living with gum disease can be subtle at first and hard to notice until the infection develops – causing more serious symptoms.
The most common signs or symptoms of gum disease, include:
- Red, swollen, and sore gums
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, spontaneous bleeding
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Shrinking or receding gums
- Loose teeth
Careful observation when brushing and flossing should allow you to notice the early warning signs. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms please get in touch with our friendly team who can offer treatment no matter what stage your gum disease is at.
Gum disease causes
Everyone has bacteria in their mouth that can go on to cause gum disease, but certain people are at a higher risk for developing gum disease, including those who are:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smokers – which is the most significant factor or other tobacco use
- Genetically disposed
- Poor diet
- Older people
- Medical conditions, such as diabetes
- Hormonal: Puberty, pregnancy, menopause
- Medication that cause dry mouth
Generally speaking, however, periodontal (gum) disease is caused by a build-up of plaque – a sticky film of bacteria.
If not removed with correct brushing and flossing, this plaque can harden (forming tartar) and build up on the teeth, going on to affect the gums, teeth, and even bones of the jaw if left untreated.
The good news is that the progression of gum disease can improve with good oral hygiene and regular hygiene visits.
This treatment will coincide with lifestyle changes from your dentist – which can include stopping smoking or brushing more thoroughly to stop future plaque build-up.
Need help with gum disease in London?
At The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, our leading dentists, Dr Mervyn Druian, Dr Leonard Fox and hygienists have experience in diagnosing and treating gum disease in our patients and have an extremely high success rate for these cases.
If you are diagnosed with the condition, not only are your teeth at risk, but ongoing bacterial infection in the mouth can lead to serious health problems elsewhere in your body.
When your gums are chronically inflamed, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream and spread to other parts of your body, and have been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Premature labour and low-birthweights
In other words, it’s really important that gum disease is treated properly and quickly, and good oral health is restored.
At The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re proud of our team’s expertise and first-class patient care. Our practitioners will work with you to determine your gum disease treatment needs, and they’ll make sure you feel relaxed and reassured every step of the way.
How gum disease is treated at LCCD
The treatment that you will receive for your gum disease depends on the severity. It’s in the early stages, your dentist will:
- Offer advice about how to brush effectively and clean interdentally
- Encourage you to stop smoking
- Refer you to a hygienist for a professional clean
If your gum disease is serious, we may need to refer you to a periodontist.
For an assessment of the condition of your teeth the experienced team at LCCD are here to help. For any questions please give the team a call.
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