Gum Disease is the most common cause for tooth loss in adults. Gum disease results in spaces between the teeth, gum and bone, called pockets. The deeper these pockets, the less space supporting the tooth which heightens the risk of tooth loss.
The two major types of gum disease are Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease and is often associated with symptoms like the gum becoming red, swollen and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be caused by a number of factors including poor oral hygiene, illness, smoking, stress, hormonal fluctuations, substance abuse as well as use of certain medications. If gingivitis is detected at an early stage, it is generally easy to treat with professional dental treatment and proper care at home. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress and may develop into more serious forms of gum disease.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodiontits. As plaque spread below the gum line, the bacteria residing in the plaque produce toxins that irritates the gums. This causes inflammation that in turn causes the gum and bone supporting the teeth to break down. This creates pockets between the gum and the teeth. With time, and as inflammation develops further, the pockets grow deeper into the gum resulting in further deterioration of the bone and gum supporting the teeth. This causes the teeth to become loose and may cause teeth be extracted.
Symptoms to look for
There are common symptoms that point at gum disease. We recommend that everyone be mindful of these symptoms and contact us immediately to make an appointment for examination. The earlier gum disease is treated, the less likely it will advance to a more serious condition and the patient’s teeth can be saved. Some of the symptoms to look for include:
- Gums bleeding during and after tooth brushing.
- Red, swollen or tender gums.
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
- Receding gums.
- Loose teeth.
- The feeling that teeth are moving or shifting when biting.
- Sensitivity around the base of the tooth — tooth necks.
- Recent spacing between, or shifting of, the teeth.
Gum Disease and other health problems
Researchers discovered that gum disease can potentially cause other health problems. The toxins — or poisons — bacteria in the plaque produces can get into the bloodstream and people with unhealthy immune system can then be affected. The toxin microorganisms are associated with heart disease and diabetes.
Gum Infection and Bleeding treatment
The primary goal of gum disease treatment is to promote reattachment of healthy gum to the teeth, reduce the swelling and tenderness of the gum, reduce the pockets between the gum and teeth, reduce the risk of infection and stop the disease from advancing further. The treatment depends on a number of factors and our dentists will be able to assess the best treatment option for you. Treatment of gum disease can be non-surgical by controlling the bacteria growth and stopping the disease from advancing while other treatments can include surgical procedures to restore the gum and bone tissue affected by the disease.
Gum disease can cause serious medical problems and it is therefore important that you arrange an appointment to see one of our dentists or periodontists to get an oral and dental examination so that we can evaluate the health of your gum and enact an early treatment if required.
TREATING GUM DISEASE
If you notice redness, swelling or irritation of your gum, contact Blue Spa Dental as soon as possible to arrange for an appointment to have a full and thorough examination of your dental and oral health as you may be affected by gum disease. Our dentists are skilled knowledgable dental professionals who have experience in treating gum diseases in its varying forms. We are familair with the cuases symproms and procedures of treatment of gum disease. Our dentists emphasise the importance of treating gum disease at early stages as this can save the patient’s teeth from extraction and improve their over-all health.
Red, swollen and bleeding gums can be signs of Gum Disease that must be teeated as early as possible to avoid further complications.. Contact us today to make an appointment on
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