Our gums are the foundation on which our oral health is built.
If the health of your gums deteriorate then you could end up loosing your teeth! This is know as Periodontal disease or periodontitis. Infections in the gums left untreated can cause the jawbone to breakdown and teeth to become loose. Gum infections can also target implants and cause them to become loose and fail, this is known as peri-implantitis.
The first sign of gum disease is bleeding gums, otherwise known as Gingivitis, and the good news is that this stage can be reversible.
At Cosmetic Smile & Implant Centre we can help you keep gum disease in check.
Gum disease is a spectrum. At one end of the scale we have the reversible gingivitis, at the other we have chronic periodontitis. Where you are on this spectrum then we have the resources to treat this.
How do you treat gum disease
Your teeth and gums will be assessed to determine the extent of the health of your gums and also to check plaque and bleeding levels. Any risk factors that you have e.g diabetes, stress, family history will be taken into consideration. It may be that specific measurements are required for each tooth in order for us to fully diagnose your gum health.
Your teeth and gums will be cleaned using specific precision instruments. Guidance will also be given on areas that you may be unconsciously missing when cleaning.
A bespoke cleaning regime will be provided and any further appointments will be discussed.
If your gum disease is advanced or not responding to treatment then we may need to refer to you see a specialist.
For some people we may ask them to see the hygiene therapist before we undertake more advanced treatment such as veneers, braces or implants as we want to ensure that your mouth is in optimal health before we start treatment.
Do I have to see the hygiene therapist if I don’t have gum disease?
At Cosmetic Smile & Implant Centre we advise everyone to see a hygiene therapist every 6 months. Prevention is always better than cure and they can track your gum health and spot problems early on.
No matter how good we are at cleaning and flossing our teeth, there will always be some degree of calculus that you will not be able to remove at home (and we recommend that you don’t try to). If calculus remains on the teeth and gums then overtime it can grow and cause the gum to get sore and bleed. Using special instruments the hygiene therapist is able to target and remove this calculus thus keeping your mouth healthy.
The hygiene therapist is also able to remove stains from your teeth helping to give you a naturally whiter and brighter smile.
What causes stains on my teeth and how can they be removed?
Heavily coloured foods and drinks like coffee, tea, green tea, red wine, curry, turmeric and smoking can cause staining. Any rough areas on your teeth will also pick up stains faster than smooth areas.
Stains can be removed with a special polish and brush.