Gum Disease and Health

Dental Hygiene Therapy

Muirhead-Dental-Care-9What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to build-up on the teeth. Gum disease can result in receding gums, loss of the supporting bone which and if left untreated, can result in tooth extraction.

In most cases, gum disease is easily preventable by looking after your teeth by brushing, flossing and regularly visiting your dentist and dental hygienist. Our Dental Hygienist will be more than happy to advise you on how to improve your daily oral health routine.

How is gum disease treated?

The treatment of gum disease depends on the severity of the case at hand. In general, gum disease is treated using the following methods:

Scale and polish – a thorough clean that removes build up of plaque and tartar from the teeth.

Root planning – also known as debridgement, this is a deep clean under the gums that removes bacteria from the roots of your teeth. This is sometimes done under local anaesthetic.

Periodontal surgery – There are various surgical methods used to treat advanced states of gum disease. Your dentist will be able to tell you the most appropriate one for you based on your condition.

How do you prevent gum disease?

The most effective way to prevent gum disease is to follow a good oral health routine. Our hygienist will advise you on how to maintain a good oral health routine. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and regularly attending check-ups with your dentist.

If you think you have gum disease or would like more information, contact Muirhead Dental Care. 0141 779 4222.

Hygienist Services

Our Dental Hygienist, Susan Maley, is an expert in her field. She will provide you with tailored oral health advice based on your habits and lifestyle. Dental Hygienists play a crucial role in dental health care and are primarily concerned with preventive dental treatments and gum disease.