When you think about your oral health, what first comes to mind? If you’re like most people, it’s your teeth that you think about – how white and straight they are. However, there’s a lot more to think about when it comes to your overall dental hygiene – particularly the health of your gums.
Also known as your gingiva, your gums are the soft tissue the surround your teeth. When your gums are healthy, they provide a barrier between bacteria and the underlying structure of your teeth – however, unhealthy gums can lead to a host of problems such as bad breath, pain and sensitivity, receding gumline, tooth decay and the loss of teeth.
As experts in dental health, Museum Dental Suites offers full gum treatments to help maintain or improve the health of your gingiva. Our specialists can advise on the best way to take care of your gums and we also offer cosmetic treatments for those who are unhappy with the natural appearance of their gums.
Choosing the right treatment for your gums will depend on your overall dental health. In addition, if you’re concerned about seeing too much of your gum line when you smile, treatments for gummy smiles are also available.
If you’re suffering from gum disease, which is also called gingivitis or periodontitis, the dentist will probably recommend a deep cleaning, including scaling and root planning. These procedures will remove bacteria, plaque and tartar. Lasers can also be used to clean under the gums.
In some cases, a full gum treatment will also involve special medications like antibiotics or a prescription mouthwash to help control the bacteria and other symptoms of gum disease.
Various methods can be used to correct a gummy smile – these include periodontal surgery, Botox injections and lip repositioning surgery.
Whether you’ve undergone a full gum treatment, are considering the option or want to prevent problems like gum disease and tooth decay, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums. This could help reduce the symptoms of periodontitis, as well as prevent problems from occurring at all.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly are essential for good dental health. Remember when you brush your teeth to pay attention to the gum line, as well as the white part of the tooth. Using a good mouthwash can also help flush out any bacteria from between your teeth and under your gums.
Be sure to also visit your dentist regularly. During routine check-ups, your dentist will look for the early signs of gum disease and make recommendations as necessary on how to better care for your teeth and gums.
Whether you want to learn more about the full gum treatments that are available or would like to get your teeth and gums checked by a qualified professional, make an appointment with Museum Dental Suites by calling us on 0207 036 1999. Appointments at our central London suites are available seven days a week.