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Gum Disease / Periodontics

Get ahead of gum disease and stop it before you lose your teeth

Gum disease or periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults and can lead to tooth loss, gum loss and jawbone decay.

To prevent the problem from worsening or leading to irreversible damage to your teeth and gums, you should make an appointment with our dental hygienist.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a serious gum infection that causes your gums to become red, sore, and infected. If left untreated, it can damage the soft tissue in your mouth and the bone that supports the teeth, potentially leading to loose teeth or tooth loss.

It’s caused by the build-up of plaque that hardens to form a hard substance called tartar to form on your teeth. If you don’t remove this from your teeth by brushing and cleaning effectively, it can cause gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease) or periodontal disease (more advanced stages).

Your friendly dentist here at Cotteswold House Dental Care can help prevent, diagnose and treat gum disease and prevent tooth loss or serious complications.

Treating gum disease at Cotteswold House Dental Care

Your dental hygienist will make a comprehensive assessment of your gum disease, suggest what hygiene therapy you need and remove the hardened plaque from around your teeth.

They will also explain to you the best way to take care of your teeth and gums at home.

This includes finding the correct toothbrush and technique for your mouth and how to effectively use interdental brushes or dental floss to clean in those often-neglected spaces in between the teeth.

Benefits of Gum Disease / Periodontics at Cotteswold House Dental Care

  • Prevent tooth loss
  • Get cleaner, healthy-looking gums
  • Boost your confidence 
  • Have fresher breath

Book a free appointment with our friendly Treatment Coordinator

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How common is gum disease?
Gum disease is a common condition that affects around 90% of all adults in the UK, even if only a small amount.
What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis refers to the early stages of gum disease. The inflammation is limited to the gum line and more severe damage hasn’t yet happened. However, if left untreated, it could lead to periodontitis. This can cause gum loss, bone loss and damage to the jawbone and supportive structures that hold the teeth in place.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
If you have gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease), you may have red, puffy, or tender gums. They may also bleed, especially during brushing. Once the condition progresses to periodontitis, your symptoms will become more severe and you could develop chronic bad breath, pus under the jawline, loose teeth or even tooth loss.
Can you prevent gum disease?
By brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, attending regular dental check-ups and visiting your dental hygienist, you could prevent gum disease.