Gum disease, also known as Periodontal Disease, is caused by the build-up of bacteria on the teeth, called plaque. If this plaque is left for any length of time it becomes harder and cannot be removed by brushing alone.
Gum disease is very common. It affects a large percentage of the population and is generally unrecognised by the patient. Indications include bleeding gums during brushing, bad breath and, in later stages, loose teeth. Smoking accelerates the progress of gum disease and reduces the bleeding of the gums leading to later diagnosis, which can result in tooth loss. Current research is indicating possible connections between gum disease and both heart disease and diabetes.
Gum disease is treated by deep cleaning around the teeth, carried out by a dentist or a hygienist. Several 30 or 40-minute appointments may be necessary to get the problem under control.
At Combe Road, in addition to treatment by deep cleaning, we can offer more advanced periodontal treatments, including PerioChip® and Dentomycin®.