Gum disease is inflammation and infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. The disease attacks the gum tissues and the bone, both of which hold the teeth in place. There are two main forms: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis affects the gums alone and is usually reversible.
Periodontitis follows gingivitis if untreated it is more serious and affects the bone supporting the teeth. It may affect a small number of teeth (localised) or many teeth (generalised). Periodontitis unfortunately cannot be reversed but can be stabilised and maintained to preserve natural teeth as long as possible.
If untreated, enough bone is lost for the teeth to loosen considerably and they may come out or have to be taken out. The disease is usually slow in progressing and it can take a number of years for this to occur. However, treatment of the disease becomes increasingly more difficult as it progresses.
Who should see the hygienist?
- Everyone is welcome; prevention is better and easier than cure!
- Patients who have gum disease (your dentist will advise you of any need)
- Patients who recognise the benefits of prevention
- Patients who are considering advanced or cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers, crowns, bridges, implants
- Patients requesting cosmetic tooth whitening and stain removal
At Vicars Cross Dental we offer hygiene appointments under NHS arrangements or on a private basis:
- One fixed fee and appointments are normally 20 minutes duration
- Patients must have a check up with their dentist prior to each visit
- Not everyone is suitable for hygiene appointment under NHS arrangements – there must be a clinical need for the appointment
- The priority is preventing and treating gum disease, not stain removal
- Allows more flexibility; time, length and frequency of appointments
- Anyone can see the hygienist privately, whenever they wish (no referral from the dentist is necessary)
- Check up with the dentist is NOT always required before each visit, therefore the cost of one 30 minute private hygiene appointment is less than a 20 minute appointment under NHS arrangements!
- Appointments include cosmetic cleaning and stain removal
Did you know...?
- 90% of people have some degree of gum disease
- Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss
- Gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque
- Gum disease is made worse by:
- Poor tooth cleaning
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Gum disease can make your gums bleed
- Gum disease causes bad breath
- Gum disease is often painless
- GUM DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE!
Call us on 01244 351755, or click here for Appointments. With some basic contact details and an indication of your preferred days and times, our receptionist will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.