Gum disease

Treatments // Gum disease

WHY MIGHT I BE SUSCEPTIBLE?

Periodontal disease is the Number One cause of tooth loss amongst adults. This is because a certain number of people (15-20%) have immune systems that overreact to the bad bacteria in their mouths. When this overreaction occurs, the immune system attacks and breaks down the bone and tissue that surround the tooth. This destruction is not predictable and can occur sporadically. None of us knows if we are part of this 15-20% because we can’t usually feel the onset of gum and bone (periodontal) disease. All patients should be routinely checked for gum disease.

KEEPING YOUR GUMS IN SHAPE

Keep in mind that healthy gums DON’T BLEED. You are the key player on the hygiene team. If you don’t do the essential daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque the rest of your dental team (the dentist and hygienist) cannot hope to control the situation alone. And sometimes, even  with everyone fighting the good fight, stubborn plaque and bacteria will require some new maintenance techniques for battling gum infection.

GUM DISEASE  IS TREATABLE,
 AND IN MOST CASES, CONTROLLABLE.

HYGIENE TREATMENT

Our hygienists, Sue Ayling and Mary-Lou Aldridge, have extensive experience in working with patients to get their gum disease under control by introducing them to better home maintenance techniques that work for them. Hygiene treatment is frequently needed before embarking on sophisticated restorative treatment if a long lasting result is to be achieved.

ARE YOU LIVING AT HIGH RISK FOR GUM DISEASE?

Dental neglect: Avoiding the dentist is a lifestyle choice that puts you at risk of developing diseases of the mouth, teeth and gums.

Smoking: Numerous studies have shown that smokers have more gum disease. Smokers have increased levels of tartar in the mouth, and experience more tissue irritation, which makes their gums more susceptible to disease. Smokers have more bone loss and heal less quickly than non-smokers.

Stress: When our immune system is stressed it is difficult to fight off the bacteria that cause gum infections.

Heart disease: Gum inflammation products and bacteria in gum disease can cause heart disease, and in some cases, double the risk of a fatal heart attack. In addition, bacteria from your mouth may combine with blood-clotting cells called platelets, forming heart-stopping blood clots.

Stroke: New studies show that 70% of the fatty deposits of stroke sufferers contain bacteria, of which 40% comes from the mouth.

Diabetics: This group of people are more likely to have gum disease than most people and gum disease makes it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar.

Premature birth: Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be as much as seven times more likely to have a baby born early. Some research suggests that gum disease may increase the level of hormones that induce labour.