Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can be passed on from one person to another. The way we tend to look upon it is that for some reasons a mouth has become a suitable environment for nasty bacteria to overgrow and suppress the natural helpful bacteria that should be present.

So as a team here at Carlton House our role is to change the environment back to one in health.

Initial intensive treatment.

The hygienist can remove the harmful bacteria over a period of two to three visits along with the cleaning of areas that by their rough nature have a tendency to collect harmful bacteria.

The dentist will look at existing fillings and may replace or recontour restorations to prevent bacteria trapping.

The patients will be made aware of their own unique problems associated with achieving maximum bacteria removal and so as a team of three, health is restored to the mouth. We know that if the mouth is kept healthy, general health is also maintained.

Heart disease, strokes and diabetes all have links with gum disease and as science progresses we will become more informed of the mechanisms involved and so the role of the dental team may change.