Paula Cavanagh is our dental hygienist. Paula focuses on the overall health of the mouth. The hectic pace of life often leaves little time for the daily care needed to look after our gums and teeth. This is a pity as advanced gum disease (periodontitis) is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease often causes unsightly gum recession and has implications for people’s overall health.
An estimated 75% of Irish people suffer from some form of periodontal disease Gum disease.
This is caused by the bacteria in our mouth attacking the gum and by our body’s reaction to this process. These bacteria can be seen as plaque on the teeth. The plaque can mix with calcium from the saliva and form a hard material named tartar or calculus, which needs to be professionally removed. Gum disease is heavily influenced by genetic factors as well as smoking, hormonal influences and the ageing process. Treatment helps to prevent damage to the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. Regular visits will also help you to take proper care of the gums and can prevent the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) developing into its more advanced form.