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Studies show that almost 50% of adults in the UK suffer from some form of gum disease. 

Bleeding when brushing and flossing, red or swollen gums and an unpleasant taste in the mouth, among others, are all tell-tale symptoms of periodontal disease, and if you notice any of these red flags, you should book in with your dentist as soon as possible.

Luckily, dentists can treat gum disease effectively, and it can be managed effectively if not fully reversed, along with the effects that caused your gum disease in the first place

The level of treatment, ranging from home treatment to surgical procedures, depends on what level of gum disease you suffer from.

Generally speaking, the longer you suffer from gum disease, the more steps are needed to cure and reverse its effects.

 What causes gum disease?

Most people will suffer from gum disease on varying scales of severity at some time during their lifetime. This common disease can come as a result of a number of things, including genetics or past trauma, however, the most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene.

Gingivitis typically develops when a build-up of plaque forms on the surface of the tooth. Over time, if you don’t brush or floss your teeth regularly enough, this build-up can cause bacteria to get beneath the gum line, even leading to tooth loss if left untreated.

The good thing is that there are periodontitis cures available, and the quicker you get it seen by an expert, the easier it is to treat.



Is gingivitis curable?

If your gums are inflamed, you may have gingivitis, a precursor to the more serious problem of periodontitis.

Gingivitis is caused when a build-up of plaque on the teeth and around the gumline turns into tartar if untreated.

At this stage, gingivitis can be easily cured before it causes more advanced gum disease. Tartar can be removed by a scaling and root planing procedure, often known as a ‘deep cleaning’ and by use of a tartar-control toothpaste.

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Can gum disease be cured?

Although gum disease is a common issue, many patients don’t recognise the early signs.

Signs of gingivitis include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing teeth

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, we advise you to book a consultation with our experts, so we can assess your teeth and gums and devise a suitable gum disease treatment plan, if necessary.

Periodontitis – Non-surgical treatments

When gingivitis turns to periodontitis, there are non-surgical and surgical procedures used to cure the problem. At its earliest stage, a ‘deep cleaning’ may be enough to cure it. Non-invasive laser therapy can also be used to treat gum pockets. Meet our specialist periodontists.



Surgical treatments

Surgery may be required as a gum disease cure when the area to be treated is hard to reach through other methods. While in surgery, a number of procedures can be performed alongside the treatment to not only cure gum disease but also to fix the damage it causes to your gums and teeth.

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Reversing the effects

  • Even if you have treatment for gum disease, there may be some consequences that arise as a result of the gum disease in the first place.
  • The most common problem caused by gum disease is tooth loss. While your gum disease can be cured, any missing teeth will need to be replaced. We can perform dental implant procedures to fix this for you.
  • It’s not only for aesthetics though, missing teeth leave your gums exposed to bacteria and plaque so left untreated, you could develop gum disease all over again.
  • We offer a range of non-surgical and surgical procedures depending on what is suitable to get your gums back to the best health they can be, and these procedures can be used to help regenerate gums.
  • Once treated, maintaining good oral health is important to slow down or stop any bone loss caused by gum disease if your gum disease has reached the stage where the structure of your gums and bones is affected.
  • The symptoms of gingivitis and even periodontitis aren’t always obvious so regular check-ups can identify potential problems and provide suitable treatment at the earliest possible stage.

Gum disease risk factors

Anyone can develop gum disease at any point during their life, but there are a few factors that may increase your risk of developing it, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Smoking, vaping or chewing tobacco
  • Hormonal changes, typically those associated with pregnancy or menopause
  • Obesity
  • Health conditions and diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and Chron’s disease
  • Poor nutrition
  • Medications that cause dry mouth
  • Conditions and medical treatments that lower immunity, including HIV/AIDS, leukaemia and chemotherapy.

How can you prevent gum disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is by taking good care of your teeth and gums.

This involves brushing your teeth every morning and evening, for at least two minutes at a time, and flossing at least once every day, which we recommend doing before you brush your teeth to remove plaque and food debris from between your teeth.

You should also attend regular dental checkups and cleanings once every 6-12 months.

A dental hygienist will be able to remove plaque that you can’t reach or remove yourself at home, and provide tips and tricks you can use to keep your oral health in check.

Are you suffering from gum disease?

If you’ve experienced the symptoms of gum disease, the important thing to note is that there are treatments available – and plenty of them! Here at Al-Fa Perio, we’re specialists in this area of dentistry and feel confident that we can provide the best, most efficient treatment for you.

Timing is everything, so if you’re struggling, don’t delay – get in touch with our team for a periodontal exam and assesment and we’ll work together to create a healthy smile you feel proud to show off. Learn more from our blog post on non-surgical periodontal bon regeneration. 

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