Gum disease (also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease) is one of the most common disease in the modern world. The disease can progress for many years with no symptoms and thus the first sign of the disease can be when the teeth start to become mobile- by this stage the damage has been done and the supporting bone of the teeth has been lost. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that grow on the tooth surface, the body defends itself against these microorganisms by attacking them as well as the the bone and gum around them.
The symptoms of gum disease if there are any will be redness or bleeding of the gums while brushing teeth, a receding gum line, halitosis and eventually loose teeth.
Gum disease has also been linked to other diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes amongst others
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT GUM DISEASE?
Regular visits to the hygienist and dentist to screen for and treat the condition
Good oral hygiene including brushing 2x daily with an appropriate technique as well as cleaning between the teeth with floss or interdental brushes 1x daily
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU HAVE ADVANCED GUM DISEASE?
There are various treatments offered by general dentists as well as periodontists (specialist gum dentists) to stabilise the condition if it is caught early enough.
Once bone is lost it is very difficult to get back.
WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE FOLLOWING LOSS OF TEETH?
Once a patient has lost their teeth to gum disease there are multiple options available for replacing them. These include:
WHY IS MAINTENANCE SO IMPORTANT?
Following treatment for gum disease if dentures/bridges or implants are placed it becomes even more important for the patient to maintain good oral hygiene, to not smoke and to keep up regular visits with the hygienist and dentist.
So if you feel that you may have gum disease or would like to discuss the options for replacing teeth following gum disease give us a call on 01932 58294.