Gum Disease

Gum disease can be treated easily by a dentist - and you can get tips on how best to brush your teeth to prevent it in the future.

gumdiseaeseOne thing your dentist is likely to do is to scale your teeth. This removes the hardened plaque - known as tartar or calculus - from the tooth, especially behind your teeth and just below the gum line.

If you have advanced gum disease, your dentist may advise that you have a longer, more intensive treatment. This is known as root planing or curretage, and is basically an extension of the more usual scale and polish. The dentist - or hygienist - will give your teeth a really deep clean, going below the gum line and clearing any pockets of plaque. They will also be able to remove any plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth.