Treatment for healthy gums

Gums

At The Brace Orthodontic Practice, we don’t just look after the health of your teeth, we make sure your gums are in good shape too. Some of our patients present with gum disease, known as periodontitis. Our resident periodontist, Dr Dominiki Chatzopoulous, offers private sessions to help treat gum disease. 

 

 

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a common condition and occurs when the tissue around your teeth becomes inflamed. This is caused when plaque builds up due to insufficient brushing and flossing. The bacteria in the plaque build-up can cause gums to become inflamed and infected. 

As your gums shrink back from your teeth, it allows bacteria to get below the gum line where it causes damage to the tissue and bone structure that support your teeth. 

Warning signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Gums that are receding which cause the teeth to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures 

Left untreated, gum disease can lead to movement of the teeth and even tooth loss. Although it is one of the most common diseases in humans, it is easily preventable.

How to treat gum disease

At The Brace, we offer a range of treatments not only to treat gum disease but also to combat the effect it may have had on the appearance of your smile.

Using specialist techniques, Dr Chatzopoulous can restore lost bone and gum, replace lost teeth with traditional prosthetics such as bridges, or with dental implants, and help straighten teeth which have become crooked due to mobility caused by gum disease. 

How to prevent gum disease

For some patients, gum disease is genetic, but there are ways to prevent the disease:

  • Brush and floss regularly
  • Avoid smoking, or cut back (smokers are six times more likely to have gum disease and the severity increases the more you smoke and the longer the habit has been in place)
  • Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly

There is now clear scientific evidence that gum disease can cause a number of other medical conditions, including heart disease, so good oral hygiene is an important part of maintaining your general health.

If you have gum disease, or are concerned you are showing the signs of gum disease developing, book an appointment with our specialist periodontist, Dr Dominiki Chatzopoulous, at The Brace today.

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Orthodontic Practice

15 Artillery Passage,
London, E1 7LJ

0207 247 5768

  • Monday 9AM - 7PM
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  • Wednesday 9AM - 7PM
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