Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in UK adults. At Alpha House Dental Care we encourage our patients to take good care of their teeth and gums by attending regular dental check-ups.

What is gum disease?

Though the condition is relatively common it is nonetheless preventable. The mild form of gum disease is called gingivitis and can cause swelling, soreness and bleeding, especially after tooth brushing. It can usually be treated effectively through cleaning treatments and good oral hygiene. However, if left untreated it can develop into periodontal disease and become more difficult to treat.

Periodontal disease is more complex to treat and leads to permanent harm of the mouth. Advanced gum disease can cause pockets to develop between the teeth and gums, which can become infected and lead to abscesses. The bone tissue beneath the teeth and gums can also become infected and cause the teeth to become loose or possibly fall out.

What causes gum disease?

The condition is caused by sticky plaque consisting of bacteria and food particles, which clings to the enamel of the teeth and gum line and releases harmful acids that attack the teeth and gums. Plaque can be removed by tooth brushing and flossing, but if it is not removed in an appropriate manner, it can harden into tartar (calculus) that requires professional cleaning.

Preventing gum disease

Good oral hygiene is the best weapon against gum disease. Brushing, rinsing and flossing removes plaque from the mouth to help prevent both tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time and floss daily. Regular visits to the dentist are also essential. We offer a full range of dental hygiene services and can provide advice about brushing techniques and oral hygiene products.

Here at Alpha House Dental Practice we treat patients from all over the country but in particular those residing in Birchington, Margate and Thanet, East Kent.