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Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is an inflammatory disease.

The inflammation is part of the body’s natural defence mechanisms and occurs in response to a build-up of plaque (bacteria) on the teeth. In some patients, this natural inflammatory process is too severe or poorly controlled and the inflammation actually damages the supporting structures of the teeth, namely gum and supporting bone. Whilst we can control this process and stop the bone loss getting any worse, the bone loss is usually irreversible.


Inflammation of the gums which is REVERSIBLE gum disease but can lead to Periodontitis which slowly destroys the bone that holds your teeth in the jaw and unless it is treated, the end result is that the teeth become loose and are eventually lost.

As this is essentially a bacterial cause there are many factors that can influence gum disease


  • Smoking
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Genetics

How can it be treated?

Firstly an early and accurate diagnosis is important, therefore seeing a dentist regularly can help identify problems is essential and will have better treatment results

Your role in the management and stabilisation of the disease is crucial. We will show you techniques aimed at helping you clean your teeth to a very high standard so that the bacteria levels are below the level that triggers inflammation. This is different from one patient to the next. Without this change in home care, our

treatment cannot be successful. Controlling the risk factors outlined above is an important part of helping yourself control your disease

After effective oral hygiene habits are developed, professional treatment by the dentist or hygienist will help reduce pockets, reduce inflammation and maintain your gum health. A bespoke treatment plan tailored to your needs is important for long term stability.

For more information regarding this treatment

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