A healthy mouth relies on well maintained teeth and gums. The gums and underlying bone support the roots of our teeth and equal importance is given to this area of our mouths to secure a healthy mouth long term.
Gum health can vary through out our lives depending on several factors such as periods of stress, the menopause and your overall general health. Diabetes and smoking are known to be significant risk factors in increasing your risk of periodontal (gum) diseases. Diet and genetics also have an influence.
Recent scientific research has indicated a strong link between poor gum health and heart disease, low birth weight pregnancies and possibly alzheimers although the exact reason why has yet to be determined.
It is important that your gums are monitored regularly by a member of a dental team to spot any potential changes in your gum health, leading to periodontal disease. The sooner these changes are noted by your dental care team the sooner it can be treated, minimising any long term damage that may occur.
Your dentist or hygienist will advise you on the current health status of your gums, discuss any appropriate treatment options and show you how to improve your oral health through the use of various cleaning aids appropriate for your individual mouth.
Periodontal gum treatment may be carried out by your dentist or most often by your hygienist. The treatment includes the gentle removal of any hard calculus (tartar) deposits that have built up above and below the gum line along with any soft dental plaque deposits. Your dental healthcare professional will then show you how to prevent its recurrence and advise when they would like to see you again to review your response to treatment.
Life expectancy is increasing all the time, teeth and gums are expected to last for many years now, so regular visits to your dentist and hygienist is essential to reduce your risk of oral health problems and maintain your natural dentition.