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Healthy Gums

Gums

  • Importance of good hygiene
    Our gums are like the foundation of a building.  They help to hold our teeth in place and anchor them in the jaw bones. Without healthy gums, teeth won’t last a lifetime.
  • Gingivitis and periodontitis
    Are both diseases of the ‘gums’. Gingivitis affects the part of the gum that you can see in your mouth. It causes them to become inflamed, swollen, bleed easily and sometimes odorous. Periodontitis is a slightly more serious condition, where other structures that also support the tooth are affected.  These include the gums, the ligament around the tooth and the bone. It leads to loose teeth, can be quite odorous, and can cause periods of acute pain.  In most cases the cause of gingivitis and periodontitis is ‘calculus’. This is plaque that has gone hard over time. Proper cleaning both at home and at the dentist to remove calculus is vital in maintaining good gum health.
  • Referrals
    In some cases we may feel that the gum disease is quite severe, or that specialist techniques could be used to improve or restore gum health.  This is when we would refer patients to see a periodontist for specialist treatment.

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