Gum Health – The Facts
You are the key to success
Your own care in thorough plaque control and your own commitment to professional check-ups and support are the first essential factors in prolonging the life of your teeth. This is very much like caring for your heart. People with heart disease can make a big impact on their life expectancy by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, and stopping smoking. These factors also affect the success of any specialist treatment.
We are committed to your gum health.
- We work in partnership with your referring dentist to ensure that our specialist care and treatment is right for you.
- We keep up to date with the latest advances in the management of gum disease and dental implants to ensure that we can always offer you the best options for your continuing gum health.
Understanding gum disease
Gum disease is an infection. Evidence suggests it is probably not contagious. Because there is always bacteria in your mouth, there is no permanent cure for gum disease. This is why good plaque control is so important.
Gum disease is a silent disease. Patients are usually unaware of its progression.
If left untreated, gum disease is progressive and unpredictable. Regular checks by your dentist and/or gum specialist are essential to maintain gum health, because it cannot be monitored by you.
Once you are susceptible to the destructive effects of plaque then you are always susceptible in the future. But, if your plaque control is of a very high standard and you have regular check-ups with both your general dentist and gum specialist, your gum health can be maintained and you will improve the life expectancy of your teeth.
Specialist treatment can stop the progress of gum disease and return your gums to good health. In some cases, specialist treatment can also regenerate lost bone & ligaments around teeth.
Even if you have lost teeth or some of your teeth cannot be saved, then dental implants may improve your overall oral condition (once your gum disease is under control). Gum health around dental implants needs to be monitored. If you are having any gum problems around your implants (known as peri-implantitis) you need to get them seen to as soon as possible.