Gum disease is a common condition that affects more than 80% of people at some point in their life time.
It is caused by plaque accumulation along the gum line and more so in between teeth. This can cause the bone and ligaments around the teeth to be destroyed over time which results in the teeth having less support. If left untreated these teeth can eventually be lost prematurely.
Despite advances in modern day dentistry there is still no cure for gum disease, the condition can only be stabilised by the following measures.
Visiting a dental team for correct diagnosis involving gum measurements and radiographs (xrays) which demonstrate the severity of the gum disease.
- Education on the cause and nature of the disease
- Most importantly , education on how to reduce plaque levels in the mouth with excellent tooth brushing and interdental cleaning (cleaning in between your teeth daily!)
- If excellent oral hygiene practices are adopted advanced treatment such as Root surface debridement (deep cleaning ) become available which have a great effect in stabilising gum disease.
- 3 monthly cleaning appointments with a Therapist/Hygienist.