Gum disease, more formally known as Periodontitis, is an infection or inflammation of the gums. We recommend you seek a dentist’s opinion as soon as possible to minimise the damage caused by gum disease.
How do I know if I need treatment?
Here are a few things to look out for:
- Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums.
- Gum recession or loose pockets around the teeth.
- Bad breath or a persistent bad taste in the mouth.
- Loose teeth or teeth drifting apart.
What is the treatment for gum disease?
If gum disease is detected, your dentist will take you through your treatment options.
These may include:
- Removing plaque and tartar deposits from above and below the gum line. This is called scaling.
- Removing tartar deposits on the tooth root below the gum line through a process called root debridement.
- Improving your home brushing and flossing techniques.
- Assessing whether you need specialist periodontal treatment.
To have your teeth and gums professionally checked, please make an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Hard to find time for an appointment to suit your working hours? We offer appointments outside general business hours and on weekends.