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Preventive care

The best prevention against gum disease is brushing twice a day, flossing daily and attending regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments which allow early detection of gum disease. At Lydiard Street Dental Clinic we ensure the treatment you receive is comfortable and effective.

Healthy gums

While it is tempting to avoid cleaning your gums when they are bleeding or inflamed, brushing and flossing will help improve the situation. Studies show that gum (periodontal) disease is linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature births and other systemic conditions and is one of the main causes of tooth loss amongst adults. Please come and see us if you have any of the following:

  • Bleeding gums whilst brushing or flossing your teeth
  • Red, sore, swollen gums
  • Buildup of calculus (tartar)
  • Bad breath or bad taste
  • Gums that have receded from teeth and in between teeth
  • Mobility of teeth.

Patients who smoke are much more likely to suffer from gum disease, because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream meaning the infected gums cannot heal.


Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is the response by the gum to the bacteria within plaque build-up around the gum line surrounding your teeth. Gingivitis is reversible if detected early and with effective treatment


Periodontitis, the later stage of gum disease is where there is irreversible loss of bone surrounding teeth caused by bacteria within plaque and tartar which can lead to teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out. Surprisingly there is often no pain. While gum disease is a very serious dental condition, treatment aims to stabilise the condition. Your cooperation is vital if recurrence is to be prevented. If you do your part with the brushing and flossing and maintain your scheduled dental hygiene recall visits, the odds in your favour increase greatly.

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