Periodontal or gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the gum and bone surrounding the teeth. The disease is driven by the presence of plaque. A recent national oral health survey showed that the majority of Irish adults suffer from some form of this disease.
It is characterised by the formation of pockets or spaces between the tooth and gums. This may progress and cause chronic destruction leading to loosening or loss of teeth.
Periodontal disease can cause the gums to recede resulting in exposure of the root surface. This can lead to bouts of sharp pain often when hot/cold foods or drinks are consumed. Your dentist/hygienist can provide care to alleviate this discomfort.
Plaque control is the most important method of limiting periodontal disease and maintaining gum health. This must be considered at two levels: what individuals can do for themselves at home on a daily basis such as brushing and flossing, and what dentists/hygienists can do professionally. It is recommended that patients with periodontal disease are vigilant about visitng the hygienist every 3-6 months.
Please see the video demonstrations below to guide your cleaning technique at home