7th Feb 2023

Gum disease (periodontal disease) – what is it and how is it treated?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease of the gums caused by bacteria that live naturally in your mouth. It causes progressive destruction of the gum and bone around the teeth that can lead to tooth loss over time. What causes gum disease?  Bacteria live in colonies called plaque which forms on your teeth constantly. Plaque…

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17th Feb 2021

Halitosis – preventing bad breath

Halitosis   Halitosis (bad breath) is a common complaint amongst patients. There are many possible causes of bad breath, ranging from dehydration, dietary choices, mouth-drying medication, chest infections or acid reflux.  However, around 90% of cases are due to poor oral hygiene, periodontal (gum) disease, coating on the tongue, food stuck between teeth, unclean dentures, faulty dental work or throat infections. During lockdown, many patients have neglected going to the hygienist….

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