The chances of somebody suffering from gum disease are greatly reduced with regular visits to the hygienist.
In some instances, however, patients will require more intense treatment to halt the process of tissue breakdown. These may range from cleaning under local anesthetic, through to small surgical procedures to remove infection, which allow patients to clean their teeth properly. Each individual case will be assessed and treated accordingly by the dentist in conjunction with the hygienist. In some severe cases, you may be referred on to a specialist periodontist.
Gum disease is the term used to describe the process of tissue breakdown that results in loose teeth, or at worst, lost teeth. Gum disease is a chronic infection and its presence can have a detrimental effect on the entire body. There are proven links between gum disease and other serious heart conditions, diabetes, and strokes for example.