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How do I know if I’ve got gum disease?

There are a few key warning signs to look out for. The first is bleeding gums following brushing, flossing or eating. Bleeding gums are not healthy – they are a natural alarm bell signifying disease. Gum disease may also change the appearance of the gums. In health, the gums are... View Article

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Does gum disease run in families?

Genetics and underlying susceptibility play a big role in determining whether you suffer from gum/periodontal disease. Although the plaque/bacteria are the initial cause, your genetic makeup affects how you react to that plaque. For example, your response may be exaggerated if you are genetically more susceptible. Especially if you are... View Article

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Can you cure gum/periodontal disease?

You can never really ‘cure’ gum/periodontal disease but you treat and stabilise it. Once treated and the gums are healthy, you need to ensure life-long regular maintenance at home and with your hygienist to ensure you minimise any chances of relapse.

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What if I leave my gum disease untreated?

If your gum/periodontal condition is left untreated, this can result in your teeth loosening up and eventual tooth loss. Other associated symptoms may also start to develop including bleeding gums, gum boils, bad breath, bad taste and painful gums/teeth. You may get very little symptoms until it is advanced so... View Article

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Is a laser needed to treat my gum disease?

The simple answer to the question above is no. Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The evidence base for the use of lasers in the treatment of periodontal/gum disease is unclear. However, what we do know is that they do not have any additional... View Article