In order to ensure your gums provide a good understructure for your teeth for life, you should be attending hygienist appointments, generally every 6 months.
The main threat to your gum health is plaque. This is a biofilm that is a by-product of the acids created in your mouth, each time you consume sugary and starchy foods. Even a very small amount of sugar will generate the production of plaque, which builds up along your gum line every single day.
Your hygienist will use special instruments to carefully remove plaque, which is a significant step in stopping early gum disease from developing. Should we find you are suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis, we may need to perform a more complex intervention to reverse the damage. This could involve non-surgical root planing treatment, to reach plaque that has become caught in-between individual teeth and gum pockets.
Whilst the average person should be visiting the hygienist twice a year, some individuals will need to come in and see us more regularly. Should we identify the following risk factors, we are likely to recommend that you attend more often:
Ignoring symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding gums, loose teeth, changes to your bite, chronic bad breath and receding gums could lead to more complex health problems in the future. It’s also worth mentioning that in some cases, gum disease has no symptoms until it becomes advanced to a severe degree.
Our hygienists here in Blackwood have the skills to identify even the most subtle evidence of gum disease, so that the next steps can be taken to treat and protect your gums from further damage.
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