Key to a healthy mouth
Taking care of the teeth also means taking care of the tissue and structures that support them. In routine check-ups, your dentist will assess your mouth for signs of inflammation, gum disease and oral cancer. Removal of plaque is crucial to maintaining healthy gums and bone, preventing inflammation, bleeding, and the progression of bacterial infection. Where plaque has built up, deep cleaning or root planing may need to be part of your treatment plan.
Periodontal care helps
- recognise and treat gum disease before it progresses
- prevent other illnesses sometimes associated with gum disease
- maintain excellent oral health
- improve the overall appearance of your smile
Looking after your mouth
Regular visits to your dentist and your dental hygienist, as well as thorough oral hygiene practices at home, will help to protect your mouth against gum disease. Indicators of a periodontal concern, such as bleeding gums or difficulty cleaning pockets between the teeth, must be checked by your dentist. Early intervention saves lengthy treatment and prevents tooth loss. As well as brushing and flossing, be sure to get regular checks.
If you are hoping to alter the appearance of your smile, your dentist can suggest further enhancements of your gum line to improve a ‘gummy’ smile or correct a receding gum margin.