Periodontal (gum) treatment
Gum disease is when the bacteria stick to your teeth and as a result, the gums become swollen, inflamed, sore, and start bleeding.
There are two forms of gum disease: Gingivitis and Periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums leading to bleeding.
Long term untreated gum disease is Periodontal Disease and affects the tissues supporting the teeth.
Periodontal disease will lead to your gums and bone levels being destroyed and eventual loss of support for your teeth.
Periodontal treatment is deep cleaning your gums and teeth to help control the bacteria that live in your mouth which causes gum disease.
Some people are more prone to severe gum disease than others, smoking, diabetes, and diet have a big role to play.
During periodontal treatment, any tartar (calculus and plaque) build up caused by bacteria is removed from above and below the gum line, by scaling (cleaning) the teeth.
You may need to have several treatments over many appointments, this will all depend on how severe the problem is.
After periodontal treatment, your gums will become healthier and the swelling and soreness should disappear, bleeding should stop, your breath may become fresher. But this is most effective when you carry on cleaning your teeth every day.
Fact: More teeth are lost through periodontal disease than through tooth decay.