Periodontology (Gum problems)
Inflamed gum tissue looks soft, red and swollen and bleeds easily when you brush your teeth. A superficial gum inflammation is called gingivitis.
What causes gingivitis?
If you do not or not correctly brush your teeth, your teeth will get covered with plaque, a white/yellow sticky layer consisting of food remains, mucus and various types of bacteria. Plaque is particularly deposited along the edge of the gums.
If you do not remove plaque daily, bacteria may cause inflammation (gingivitis). Although initially superficial, this inflammation can progress to deeper layers.
Saliva may also cause plaque to calcify into tartar, a hard substance that you cannot remove yourself. You will then need to make an appointment with the dentist or dental hygienist. If gingivitis is left untreated, it may cause periodontitis. And that’s even worse!
If gingivitis is left untreated for too long, the superficial plaque/tartar may spread below the gums. The bacteria will then nestle between the teeth and gums and subsequently break down the tissue and bone. This causes a pocket between the tooth and gum, which gradually fills with plaque and tartar. If this destruction reaches the root end, the teeth will lose their hold on the support tissue (periodontium) and will become loose.
Healthy gums: essential for a good set of teeth
We check your gums during every visit, to see whether the transition between the fillings and teeth is still smooth and whether there are no pockets under the gums.
Your gums in top condition
Where necessary, plaque and tartar are removed. We can also apply tooth-protective substances such as fluoride and polish your teeth. If you have gum problems that threaten your oral hygiene, we draw up a treatment plan.