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Periodontology is the branch of dentistry that deals with gum disease, an inflammatory disease that affects the tissues that support the teeth in the jaws. It is one of the most common oral diseases and unfortunately it is often misdiagnosed or diagnosed in its late stages.

The first signs are bleeding gums, gum swelling and redness, and mobile teeth. This disease is associated with several other systemic diseases, for example diabetes and cardio- vascular disorders.

Preventing gum disease

  • Visit your dentist and your hygienist – it’s recommend that you attend regular appointments depending on your susceptibility.
  • Brush your teeth well, twice a day (morning and night) using toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Perfect a good brushing technique – brushing should last at least 2 minutes.
  • Using an electric toothbrush can provide you with good dexterity to reach all those important areas.
  • Cleaning between your teeth is essential (using inter-dental brushes of the correct size or floss).
  • A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Consider counselling on how to stop smoking and aim to cut down on your sugar intake.

Treating gum disease

The treatment administered depends on to what extent you are suffering with gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist will discuss the necessary course of action for you before beginning with any treatment.They will help patients to achieve and maintain the best possible periodontal health.

For further information on any of these services or to book an appointment, contact us on 01865 370375.

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