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.