What is Gum disease?

Gum disease starts as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums around the teeth, often characterised by tenderness, redness and bleeding during brushing. If untreated, it may develop into periodontal disease, which is a chronic, degenerative disease of the gums.

The initiating factor in gum disease is plaque which constantly builds up on your teeth. Your dentist or hygienist can clean your teeth to remove plaque and smooth your teeth to help prevent the build-up of plaque, but controlling gum disease is up to you with proper homecare including cleaning all surfaces of your teeth (particularly at and below the gum line) and diet.

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Hygienist Appointment

We suggest all our patients attend a regular appointment with the hygienist the frequency will depend on your individual circumstances. During the appointment we will explain how you can minimise the need for dental treatment through regular preventative care and education, showing you the correct way to look after your oral health, therefore reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We will also carry out a scale and polish to remove hard plaque and smooth the surface of the teeth.

There are many benefits to attending regular hygienist appointments:

  • You will be able to eat what you like for life
  • You are at less risk of requiring future treatment
  • Your heart and other organs will be more healthy

Hygienist appointments are included in our Memberships Plan. Click here for more information  

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