Gum Disease

Gum disease treatments in West Sussex

Gum disease is caused by plaque, a removable film of bacteria that lives in everybody's mouth. If you are located in Crawley Down, why not visit Elm House for a check-up?

Do you have gum disease?

There are many types of bacteria that can make up the plaque, but we can simply separate them into gum-friendly and not friendly. Gum-friendly plaque is aerobic, it uses oxygen to survive and its by-products do not harm gums as much. If the plaque is left undisturbed around your gums, it will change to include more unfriendly anaerobic bacteria. These do not need oxygen to survive, but your gums do not like their by-products at all.

Gums faced with anaerobic bacteria try to fight against them by filling with more blood, swelling and separating away from the teeth. Consequently, they bleed when brushed or flossed. If your gums bleed when you do either of these, you may have gum disease. Gum disease is bad and can cause the loss of teeth if left unattended - but it is treatable.
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Preventing gum problems

If there is no plaque this means that the inflammation will reduce. However, it is not possible to remove all the plaque by brushing. Brunching and cleaning the teeth will help retain the bacteria that is aerobic and gum-friendly.
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Thorough cleaning

Cleaning between the teeth is also essential to reduce the anaerobic plaque. Interdental sticks, interdental brushes or floss can be used to clean the area in between the teeth.
If your teeth are super smooth, then less plaque will accumulate. The build-up of calculus increases the surface area so the plaque gets accumulated. Calculus is calcium that has decided to solidify on your teeth and is not removable with a brush. 
Visit one of our hygienists in Crawley Down to find out how to prevent gum disease or contact Elm House for more details.
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For gum disease treatments in West Sussex, call Elm House on 
01342 716 972
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