It’s important to know that, despite it being one of the most widespread diseases across the world, gum disease is preventable and can be easily treated when if it’s detected early enough.
Periodontal disease, another name for gum disease, is caused by bacteria that collect on and and around your teeth and form a dental biofilm - a sticky layer that cannot be washed away. The biofilm (sometimes called dental plaque) needs to be removed mechanically, by brushing and cleaning between your teeth regularly, twice a day. If it's not properly cleaned, the gum starts to come away from your tooth, forming pockets and allowing the biofilm to spread down below the gum line. Over time, the bone that supports your teeth is destroyed, the gums shrink and eventually the teeth become wobbly and fall out.
Most people can get mild gum disease, but some people are susceptible to more aggressive forms. Severe gum disease (particularly if it develops at a young age), can run in families. There are a few factors that put people at higher risk of getting severe gum disease. These include:
• diabetes, especially if poorly controlled
• smoking (possibly including e-cigarettes)
• a poor diet lacking in vitamins and minerals
• being overwieght
• certain prescription medications.
Periodontal disease is usually pain-free, which is why it's sometimes called a 'silent disease’, so you may be unaware it's there until your dentist or hygienist checks for it. Here are some ‘red flags’ - symptoms you may notice that should raise concerns:
• Bleeding gums when you brush - or even when you eat
• Red, swollen gums
• Bad breath
• Spaces appearing between your teeth
• Loose teeth or teeth moving position in your mouth
• Receding gums
• Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks
Treatment for periodontal disease aims to reduce the build-up of biofilm around your teeth to prevent the disease from getting worse. You need to remember that, in most cases, treatment can't replace the support your teeth may have already lost.
We can help you to develop the best methods of cleaning your teeth and gums to remove dental biofilm. But remember: treatment will only work if you clean your teeth properly, twice a day, to a high standard.
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Your gums will be healthier, and you may notice such benefits as:
• Greater confidence of a fresher mouth.
• Gums not being sore or bleeding when you brush.
• Teeth becoming less wobbly.
• Less discomfort when you eat.
• And ultimately, you will keep your teeth for longer.
Success in treating gum disease depends on how well you clean your teeth and how your gums respond. Cleaning thoroughly twice a day and regular dental visits are good habits to adopt for life.
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Your gums are likely to bleed more to start with - don’t worry and keep cleaning as this is normal and will improve.
• As they become healthier your gums may shrink. Spaces may appear between the teeth and they may appear longer.
• As gums shrink, your teeth may become more sensitive to hot, cold or sweet things. Usually this gets better in a few weeks, but you might need to use a special sensitivity toothpaste or have other treatment to help with this.
The only real alternatives to treating gum disease are (1) not treating the disease or (2) having your teeth removed.
(1) If you have no treatment:
• The gum disease is likely to get worse
• Your teeth could become wobbly with gaps appearing between your teeth
• Your breath will not improve
• Your gums and teeth could become painful
• You are highly likely to lose your teeth sooner
Removal (extraction) of a tooth or teeth may be an acceptable alternative treatment if your gum disease is severe.
• You may wish to have replacements for any lost teeth by means of a denture, bridge or an implant. It's important to remember that implants are only recommended if your gum disease is no longer present.
• People find it easier and more enjoyable to eat with natural teeth rather than replacements.
• Extractions would reduce the time spent treating your gum disease.
• An extraction is a quick solution to solve a problem with a painful tooth.
• If your front teeth have a poor appearance, a denture or a bridge may look better
Additional information to consider:
If you smoke tobacco you should do your best to give up - there are plenty of organisations that can help.
Smokers who continue to smoke:
• are much more likely to get gum disease
• may find their gum disease gets worse quite quickly
• are less likely to get better after treatment
• are more likely to have a recurrence of gum disease following treatment
Acknowledgements: Information courtesy of British Society of Periodontology.
More information on gum health and periodontal disease can be found at: bsperio.org.uk/patients
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It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, or Alzheimer’s disease. Don’t think it’s your problem? Up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form.
Most adult tooth loss is linked to gum disease. But research also shows links between gum disease and serious health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and complications with pregnancy.
Gum disease is silent; early symptoms may be painless and mild, like swollen gums or bleeding when you brush.
Regular dental and hygienist check-ups are vital because we can detect, treat, and reverse gum disease in the early stages before major problems arise.
Several factors can contribute to the development of gum disease: the build-up of plaque on your teeth (known as biofilm) , genetics, and your lifestyle choices. But the most common and controllable factor is dental biofilm — the sticky, colourless coating on your teeth produced by normal mouth bacteria. These bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibres that bond gums to your teeth.
When this occurs, pockets form between the gums and teeth, and more bacteria and toxins hide, flourish, and destroy your gums. Over time, this process affects not only gums, teeth, and the bone within the mouth, but can also significantly affect your overall health.
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Regular hygienist visits help us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. You should also brush twice a day, and floss or clean between your teeth once each day.
We’ll recommend the products that will optimize your oral homecare, and we’ll show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have overcome periodontal disease, we will recommend frequent check-ups to ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.
Costs will vary depending on the current health of your gums. However, as a guide, a single visit to maintain your gum health starts from £68. Treatment for active periodontal disease will involve several visits and starts from £360.
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