Gum Disease

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Gum Disease

The Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene

Gum disease is a generic term for the soreness, swelling or infection of your gums. There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis which is a general inflammation of the gums and the more serious periodontal disease, which infects the gums and the bone beneath it. Both types can usually be prevented by practising good oral hygiene and by visiting your dentist regularly, but infections still occur.

If you are suffering from gum disease there are a variety of ways our North Hill Dental team can treat it and restore your smile.

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The Process

How We Treat Gum Disease

There are a number of ways we can remove plaque and help you fight back against gum disease.

The easiest, most efficient and effective way is to have your teeth and gums regularly assessed and cleaned by our skilled hygienist. They will remove the plaque and tartar both on your teeth and below the gumline and will spot any signs of gum disease at an early stage.

If your gum disease has progressed, there are a number of other treatments that your hygienist and/or dentist may recommend.

FAQs

What’s the difference between gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Generally speaking, gum disease is the term most commonly used for soreness, swelling or infection of your gums.

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that affects the gingiva, or the part of the gum surrounding the base of your teeth.

Periodontal disease is more severe and can infect not only your gums but also the supporting bone beneath it.

How do you check for gum disease?

Your North Hill Dental hygienist will check for gum disease by measuring the ‘cuff’ of the gum around each tooth, checking for any signs of periodontal disease.

In cases where periodontal disease is found we may take x-rays to see how much, if any, bone has been lost.

Can you cure periodontal disease?

Sadly, there is no ‘cure’ for periodontal disease. The good news is that you can stop the disease from progressing by following a good dental health routine and by having regular check-ups with both your dentist and hygienist.

Our locations

North Hill

North Hill Dental
46 North Hill
Colchester
Essex, CO1 1PY

Layer Road

North Hill Dental
Layer Road
172 Layer Road.
Colchester, CO2 9LA

North Hill Dental

North Hill

North Hill Dental
46 North Hill
Colchester
Essex, CO1 1PY

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 8:15am – 5:45pm
Wednesday 8:15am – 5:45pm
Thursday 8:15am – 5:45pm
Friday 8:15am – 5:15pm
Saturday 8:15 – 12:45pm
Sunday Closed

Layer Road

North Hill Dental
Layer Road
172 Layer Road.
Colchester, CO2 9LA

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 8:15am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday 8:30am – 5:30pm
Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed