Gum disease – also known as Gingivitis and periodontal disease – is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. This is because the early signs often go unnoticed by the patient, and by the time they realise there is a problem it has become more advanced.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to have regular check-ups with your dentist and at St Raphael’s we recommend this to all our patients. Our dentists will take time to carry out a thorough assessment of your oral hygiene, looking for any early signs of gum disease that can be treated much more easily than if it is left untreated.
Clients are given advice on ways to prevent gum disease and maintain good oral hygiene, including cleaning teeth effectively and using mouthwash and floss as appropriate, as well as visiting the hygienist regularly.
Our clients benefit from our in-house Hygienist who provides the latest treatment. We also see patients from other dental practices from around Wigan and Skelmersdale who dont have an experienced Hygienist in their dental practice.
Your dentist and hygienist will also teach you to identify the early signs of gum disease, which may include bleeding gums, and will discuss lifestyle and other factors that can be linked to gum disease. These include smoking, stress and poor dental hygiene, as well as links to diabetes, strokes and heart disease. Maintaining good overall health should therefore include taking care of your dental health.