Periodontal Care / Gum Health at Hove Dentist, Dickon Adams
Gum health is absolutely critical for a healthy mouth and comes first in my opinion.The most important aspect of having healthy gums is how you do with your cleaning. This has a knock on effect in how healthy your mouth is also so we put a huge emphasis on it.
Most teeth are lost through gum disease so Dickon will keep a close eye on your gum health at every examination. If there is any reason for concern, active treatment will be suggested to ensure that the gums stay healthy. You will often not notice any signs of gum disease until it is too late so it is essential that your dentist diagnoses it.
On many occasions gum health will be overseen by one of the MDS practice hygienists in conjunction with Dickon. Dickon will often take more of a role if there are more pressing problems to ensure that your cleaning regime and professional cleaning are helping to prevent problem areas from developing further.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
If you get any bleeding when cleaning your teeth then it is possible that you have some level of gum disease. You need to get it checked out. Click for more information from the British Dental Health Foundation website.
The biggest problem with gum disease is that your gums can look quite healthy and bleed very little, but underneath the gum line things can be very different. This can result in gum disease going undetected and is even more pronounced in smokers, who have been shown to be six times more at risk from developing severe gum disease.
How is gum disease treated?
You will have your gums checked at every dental examination. If I find that there areas of concern i will let you know. I will take time to check your cleaning techniques and review this in a few weeks. If necessary I will record the areas where there is gum disease. Your gum disease will often only be around some parts of some teeth so I only need to treat those areas. These areas will be cleaned thoroughly over several visits.
Free Gum Check
Dickon does offer a free gum / oral cancer check which can be carried out without having to book in for a full examination or take up any treatment suggestions. You can visit us for this for reassurance / peace of mind / to find out what treatment is necessary to help.