Gum Disease Treatment and Dental Hygiene
– Cork Dental SmilesGum disease is described as swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Gum Treatment and Dental Hygiene
Periodontal or gum disease is an inflammatory condition causing swelling, infection or pain. The 2 most common types of periodontal disease are:
- Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gum. The gum becomes red and swollen and can bleed on brushing.
- Periodontitis: inflammation affecting the bone and tissues of the teeth. This occurs due to long-standing gingivitis. If it is allowed to progress, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost and thus teeth become loose and may fall out, or need to be extracted.
Gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque builds up daily from bacteria and food particles in our mouth and must be removed by daily brushing and flossing. Gum disease can have a detrimental effect on health. There are proven links between gum disease and heart conditions, diabetes, and strokes, for example.
The chances of suffering from gum disease are greatly reduced by regular visits to the hygienist, who will thoroughly clean all deposits and tartar build-up. Some cases of gum disease may require cleaning under local anaesthetic, and some severe cases may need a referral to a specialist periodontist. Each individual case will be assessed and treated accordingly by our dentist in conjunction with our hygienist.
Gum disease is easily prevented by regular hygenist appointments.
Most cases can be treated at our practice by our dental hygienist at Cork Dental Smiles.
"- Jean O Sullivan , Patient
A special word of thanks to you for your all help, advice & expertise. You patiently answered my countless questions & explained the whole process in a way that put me at ease & ensured I knew exactly what to expect with the treatment, which was fantastic."
"- Joanne O'Callaghan , Patient
Maria, I just want to say thanks very much for giving me such straight white teeth. I am delighted with how they turned out and can’t believe it only took 6 months, the time flew.I will definitely be recommending you to my friends. Thanks!"
"- Sophia Breitkopf , Patient
In the 6 months it took to complete my treatment, I was amazed at the final result and how quickly they moved into position. I am very pleased with my results. It’s been practically pain free and unnoticeable."