LIFE – CHANGING DENTISTRY
New research points to strong links between gum health and life–threatening conditions – so get your appointment booked in and get checked out!!!
Periodontal (Gum) Disease affects approximately 80% of the population in the UK. It is known as the “silent disease” as in the early stages there is often no pain or apparent warning signs.
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What are the signs of gum disease?
Healthy gums should be pink, firm and keep your teeth securely in place. Your gums should not bleed when you touch or brush them.
Gum disease is not always painful and you may be unaware you are at risk. This is why it is important to have regular dental check-ups.
The initial symptoms of gum disease can include:
red and swollen gums
bleeding gums after brushing or flossing your teeth
This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.
If gingivitis is untreated, the tissues and bone that support the teeth can also become affected. This is known as periodontitis.
Symptoms of periodontitis can include:
bad breath ( called halitosis)
an unpleasant taste in your mouth
loose teeth that can make eating difficult
gum abscesses (collections of pus around gums or teeth)
Necrotising ulcerative gingivitis
In rare cases, a condition called necrotising ulcerative gingivitis (NUG) can develop suddenly. The symptoms of NUG are usually more severe than those of gum disease and can include:
bleeding, painful gums
receding gums between your teeth
a metallic taste in your mouth
excess saliva in your mouth
difficulty swallowing or talking
a high temperature (fever)
If you are experiencing any of the above please call us to book an appointment!!!
We all know how that regular check-ups can help in early diagnosis and less invasive treatment of tooth decay-the same is true for gum disease and general health.
Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that the presence of bacteria linked periodontal disease to other diseases in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible.
Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal disease but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.
NON-SURGICAL PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
Current guidelines stress that periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment.
Non-surgical periodontal treatment does have its limitations. When it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be warranted.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Scaling and root planing involves careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the root to remove bacterial toxins. In the case of persistent disease, scaling and root planing is sometimes supported with anti-microbial therapy and host-modulating drugs, as required on a case-by-case basis.
Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain gum health.