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14th July 2022

How To Treat Gum Disease at Home

As a top dentist in Tunbridge Wells, we work hard to create healthy, happy smiles that last our patients a lifetime. Part of this is down to practising good oral health, so our focus today is on gum disease. Here, in this blog, we’ll list some causes, symptoms and treatments for gum disease. Read on to find out more.  

Gum disease in short

If you’re wondering what gum disease is, we’ll break it down for you: it’s where gums are swollen, red and tender – sometimes with other symptoms, like bad breath (halitosis) and bleeding of the gums. In its early stages, gum disease is treatable, which is great news for those who identify the problem early.

Causes of gum disease

Gum disease is most likely caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth over time. These produce acids when you eat or drink which in turn damage tooth enamel, cause decay, and – if developing under your gums or tooth roots – gum disease.

Advanced gum disease

If gum disease isn’t treated, it can lead to a much more serious condition: periodontitis. This is where the teeth’s supporting bones and tissues are affected. You may develop gum abscesses (pus under the gums) and even experience tooth loss over time. The longer the condition is left, the worse the problems can be – meaning you might need further and more extensive treatment down the line.

At-home treatment for gum disease

There are lots of things you can try at home to prevent gingivitis or to help treat it if it does develop. Our suggestions include:

– Swilling with salt water, which can calm inflammation and acts as a natural disinfectant. 

– Sipping green tea, which is packed with antioxidants that target inflammation and slow down bacterial growth. 

– Brushing as advised, which is two minutes a day, twice a day. You’ll need to use floss too, and mouthwash can have added benefits (if used at a different time – to prevent washing away any beneficial fluoride!).

In-practice treatment for gum disease

Gum disease can be treated in-practice through a professional clean, which helps to shift stubborn plaque, tartar and bacteria. You’ll need to schedule regular dental treatments to keep on top of it, which your dentist will advise you on. You could also benefit from dental restorations, for example if existing crowns or bridges are making it difficult to properly clean your teeth

Book your appointment

Even if you’re happy to self-treat your gum disease at home, you should consult your dentist and attend your regular check up appointments. The Town House is always happy to accept new patients whether you are new to the area or looking for a new dentist.

To make a booking call us on 01892 616062 or book online by clicking here

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