Periodontal Therapy and Maintenance
Periodontal (gum) disease IS PREVENTATABLE AND CONTROLLABLE. It is NOT curable. There are steps you can take with the support of your dentist and hygienist to improve your health.
Without treatment, this condition can destroy your bone levels, below your gum line, that help support your teeth. It can cause teeth to loosen and lead to tooth loss. This disease can continue to affect your mouth, bone, gums, and overall health long after teeth have been extracted or fallen out.
Recent medical research has linked oral health problems such as gum disease to many health conditions including diabetes, heart and kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, asthma, osteoporosis, and cancer.
With successful treatment, it can take 6 months – 1 year before new gum attachment fibres repair enough to become more resistant to bacterial re-infection and will depend on your individual healing rate.
Therefore your treatment plan will initially require more frequent appointment intervals so your level of periodonal health can be monitored and maintained and your individual rate of healing can be evaluated with the rate of new calculus formation.
When your dentist and hygienist are confident you are managing well, your appointments may become less frequent and move from therapy to maintenance appointments. It is important to continue with the success you have now achieved.
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meet Aoife O Sullivan
DENTAL HYGIENISTBDS NUI (HONS) Dentist
Aoife began her career in dentistry in 2010 as a dental nurse, graduating at the top of her class. She graduated from UCC as a Dental Hygienist in 2015 with first class honours and received the Colgate Palmolive award and the Colm O Sullivan Gold Metal.
Aoife has gained extensive experience in general and specialist practices over the years and joined the Kinsale Dental team in 2019. She has a special interest in treating nervous patients and helping patients who wish to return to dental health after a long period.
Aoife is registered with the Irish Dental Council and regularly updates her skill set as part of her continuing professional development. In Aoife’s spare time she like to travel and spend time outside, hiking and exploring the Irish countryside with hre husband Eric and their dog Bonnie.