28 Jun Gum disease (periodontal disease) – What is it and what can I do about it?
Have you noticed blood when you brush? Do your gums look red, inflamed or swollen?
These could be symptoms of early gum disease (gingivitis) and if left untreated this can progress to Periodontal disease or Periodontitis. This is where the structures supporting your teeth become inflamed and damaged resulting in the teeth becoming loose/wobbly and ultimately tooth loss.
Many adults will have suffered from some form of gum inflammation at some time in their life e.g. following illness or during stressful points in the lives. With many, they might never develop gum disease however it is better to prevent deterioration wherever possible.
We can prevent gum disease progression by working together with you…never before has prevention been so important!
What we can do to help:-
- See you once to twice per year for examinations as per your dentist’s recommendations
- See you twice per year for hygiene visits (or more often if you are at risk)
- Give you advice on the correct techniques and implements to use
- Provide the correct gum treatments advised by your dentist/hygienist
What you can do to help yourself:-
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day
- Remember to brush along the gum line when brushing your teeth
- Use floss or interdental brushes as instructed by your hygienist
- Keep to a good diet. Ask your dentist or hygienist for advice.
- If you are a smoker then one of the biggest things to do would be to stop if possible or reduce your intake.
Some people are more at risk from gum disease than others. They include:-
- Patients with heart disease, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
- Patients with poor oral hygiene
- Patients who smoke or chew tobacco
- Patients taking certain medications or undertaking certain medical treatments
- Older patients and people with a poor diet
- There may be a genetic link with gum disease – so patients who have gum disease in their family may be at a higher risk
We can reduce some risk factors by working together and so it’s extra important to keep up with your brushing and interdental cleaning at home. How you look after your teeth and gums at home will ultimately determine whether your gum disease progresses or whether it doesn’t.
Alongside this we would advise regular check-ups and hygienist visits. Our dentists and hygienists work together to provide every patient with an individual treatment plan according to their needs.
If you have any concerns regarding your gums or your hygiene regime we will be happy to have a chat with you. Just give us a call on 01406 364600 to make an appointment.