What is Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)?
Gum disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria.
Factors such as smoking, hereditary gum disease, diabetes and poor oral hygiene can contribute to this. It is therefore important that you maintain immaculate oral hygiene with mechanical removal of plaque by the use of a manual/electric toothbrush, floss or inter-dental brushes and regular maintenance by your dental professional.
What can I do about Gum Disease?
Our dentist will carry out periodontal screening during your routine examination. This will help us determine your risk of gum disease (periodontal disease) taking into account any other risk factors.
If you require further treatment for gum disease, your treatment options will be discussed.
Dr Khurrum GS Hussain is our in-house gum disease specialist who will carry out a full periodontal examination, and will give you treatment advice and options.
There are many oral care products you can use, including specialist toothpastes, electric or ‘power’ toothbrushes, and mouthwashes. Dr Khurrum GS Hussain will recommend those that are best for you.