Gum disease is caused by bacteria that accumulate around where the tooth meets the gum. Your body will see the bacteria as invading bugs and will start to fight a war to try and kill and neutralize them. This war involves many casualties including destroying your own gums. The amount of destruction can vary from individual to individual, and there is a strong genetic element, however, without bacteria you won’t get gum disease. Therefore, the best treatment revolves around making sure your teeth and gums are as clean as possible.
- Clean, clean clean…
Thorough brushing twice daily is one of the most important things you need to get right. This should be done ideally, with the use of an electric toothbrush and you should change the removable heads at least every 3 months.Also – it’s extremely important to clean in between your teeth either with floss or interdental brushes. Your dentist at Sensational Smiles in Sutton, Surrey will advise you on how to use them properly. Many patients use them, but do not do it right, as their dentist has never shown them how
- If you smoke, you have to quit or cut down
There are countless studies that show the link between smoking and bad gums. It’s a lot easier said than done, but our team can help you every step of the way!
- Certain medical problems can affect your gums, so ask your doctor to make sure you are healthy
Diabetes, a poor immune system, and many other issues can affect the health of your gums, so these ideally need to be under control. If you’re worried about this, speak to your GP who will advise you on what to do.
- Book a visit to your dentist at Sensational Smiles so we can diagnose the type of gum disease you have
There are many different forms of gum disease and the treatment plan can vary, depending on which type you have. That’s why it’s important to see us to help formulate a plan of action.