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Gum Disease At Dentist Near Farnborough

A patient came to Time Dental for a comprehensive healthy mouth assessment.  He was aware that he had receeding gums and he also noted that they were bleeding when he brushed.  He had suffered from heart disease and was taking warfarin which helps to thin the blood.

On assessing his mouth we carried out a periodontal (gum) screening as part of his comprehensive healthy mouth assessment.  This involves using a special measuring instrument that indicates if there are any periodontal pockets.

Gum disease can be a silent disease, it is linked to heart disease, diabetes, strokes and premature births.  In the early stages of gum disease the gums become inflammed.  You may notice bleeding from the gums when brushing.  As the disease progress the plaque bacteria in the mouth gets between the gum and the tooth and starts to destroy the boney support around the tooth.  This leads to periodontal (gum) pockets.  Depending on the depth of the pockets the gum disease could be early, moderate or advanced.  The deeper the pockets the more advanced the gum disease.  Once the bacteria in the mouth gets to the point of destroying the bone this is an irreversible process.  The good news is that it can be stopped from progressing any further, and if the gum disease is caught in the very early stages it is a completely reversible. Gum disease can also cause gum recession, bad breath, abscesses and tooth loss.

To help treat this disease a course of periodontal therapy is prescribed.  This is carried out normally by the hygienist.  The Dental hygienist will take specific recordings of the amount of bone loss, assess the percentage of plaque bacteria and bleeding in the mouth.  With this information a tailored periodontal therapy course will be prescribed.  This involves fine tuning your home dental care routine, identifying risk factors, debriding under the gum line to disinfect and clear the bacteria in the mouth and provide continual support.

Time Dental provides this service for patients in Farnborough area as well as surrounding towns in Hampshire, Surrey, West sussex and Berkshire.

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