Here at Beech House Dental, our team of professionals believe that it is vital that we keep our patients fully informed about dental health and we take care to explain exactly what some of the terms we might use actually mean. Let's take a look at gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease and find out what they mean for you and your family.
Most people suffer from some form of gum disease, and it is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the disease develops very slowly in most people, and with good dental care it can be slowed down to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.
Most people understand that all gum disease is caused by plaque, the film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing and cleaning in between the teeth with interdental' brushes or floss, and by regular visits to your dentist and hygienist.
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums'. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning.Gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease which affects the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone which anchors the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.
Research now suggests that gum disease might be linked to other health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, dementia and poor pregnancy outcomes so it is very important that we all take steps to ensure good oral health. Healthy mouths and gums start in early childhood and as a family focused practice, Beech House welcomes you to get in touch.