gum care & preventative education
Periodontics is the treatment of periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. One in every two adults over 30 suffers from periodontal disease. Gum disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth, and can increase the risk of other health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. When the structures of tooth supporting apparatus are damaged, you're more likely to develop bacterial infection, which if left untreated can progress into a more serious condition, called periodontitis.
In cases of periodontitis, deeper structures such as jaw bone and the connecting ligaments will be destroyed. Without treatment, the supporting structures will recede to the point where teeth may be lost. In fact, periodontitis is the main reason of tooth loss in adults over the age of 45 in the UK.
Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is underdiagnosed, resulting in a lack of proper gum care. Simple steps like brushing twice a day, flossing, and having a thorough periodontal evaluation from your dentist at least once a year can help detect and prevent gum disease.
Early Diagnosis is vital
We believe it is our duty to educate patients on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease. Typically, gum disease does not cause pain until it’s in an advanced stage, at which point much of the damage has been done and tooth support destroyed. That's why its important you visit us for regular dental check-ups so we diagnose, treat and manage your overall oral healthcare needs.
Treatment of gum disease
Treatment starts with our experienced dentist examining your gum tissue and diagnosing the correct type and stage of the underlying gum disease. The goal of periodontal treatment is to prevent disease progression and to keep your natural teeth. More severe cases need specialist treatment with a periodontist.
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What are the causes of gum disease?
Gum disease is a multi-factorial disease. The main cause is bacteria called plaque or biofilm. Biofilm is an organized matrix for the bacteria to live in and multiply. Other factors include smoking, genetics, hormonal changes (pregnancy), stress, certain medications and medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
What are the signs of gum disease in the mouth?
One of the most important things to know is that gum disease can be completely symptom free. The disease process tends to follow an intermittent path over many years and often a person is entirely unaware that they are affected until the disease has reached more advanced stages. This is why regular dental check-ups are vital so we can identify and treat gum disease in its earliest stages.
Should I be concerned that my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
The most common reason for bleeding gums is gingivitis, where the gums are inflamed due to irritation from dental plaque bacteria. To have the diagnosis confirmed, why not book an appointment at Higher Lane Dental? You can then learn about effective treatment solutions.