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At Omnia Dental Spa, screening (checking) for gum disease is an essential part of your routine dental examination. The health of your gums will normally be checked at every examination appointment.
Are you worried about the health of your gums?
Have you experienced any of the following signs or symptoms?
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily when brushing or eating
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- A bad taste in your mouth
- A 'metallic' taste in your mouth
- Blood stains on your pillow
- Pus oozing from around your teeth or gums
- Teeth that feel loose or have moved position
Don't worry – help is at hand ! The experienced dental team at Omnia Dental Spa can help you resolve these symptoms. Unfortunately, gum disease is a very common problem and is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. We appreciate that these symptoms can cause significant anxiety and social embarrassment and our team will work with you to resolve your symptoms and prevent any further damage to your gums.
If you would like our dentists and hygienists to help you improve the health of your gums, please get in touch and we will discuss your concerns and formulate a treatment plan together. Our aim is to restore the health of your gums to get you smiling with confidence again.
Please read the information below for more useful information about gum disease.
Gum Disease – FAQs:
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is the swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main types of gum disease: 'gingivitis' and 'periodontal disease'.
What is periodontal disease?
Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone fixing the teeth to the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out. In fact, more teeth are lost through periodontal disease than through tooth decay.
Am I likely to suffer from gum disease?
Probably. Most people have some form of gum disease, and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the disease
develops very slowly in most people, and it can be slowed down
to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.
What is the cause of gum disease?
All gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surfaces of the teeth every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are 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 twice every day. You can do this by brushing your teeth twice daily, and by cleaning in between them with interdental brushes or dental floss.
How will smoking affect my gums and teeth?
People who smoke are more likely to have gum disease. Smoking may change the type of bacteria in dental plaque, increasing the number of bacteria that are more harmful. It also reduces the blood flow in the gums and supporting tissues of the tooth and makes them more likely to become inflamed. Smokers' gum disease will get worse more quickly than in people who do not smoke. As a result of the reduced blood flow, smokers may not get the warning symptoms of bleeding gums as much as non-smokers. Gum disease is still the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
The first sign may be blood on your toothbrush when you clean your teeth. Your gums may also bleed when you are eating, leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Your breath may also become unpleasant.
What should I do if I think I have gum disease?
The first thing to do is visit your dentist for a thorough check-up of your teeth and gums. The dentist can measure the 'cuff' of gum around each tooth to see if there is any sign that periodontal disease has started. X-rays may also be needed to see the amount of bone that has been lost. This assessment is very important, so the correct treatment can be prescribed for you.
What happens if gum disease is not treated?
Unfortunately, gum disease usually develops painlessly so you do not notice the damage it is doing. However, the bacteria are sometimes more active and this is what makes your gums sore. This can lead to gum abscesses, and pus may ooze from around the teeth. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. If the disease is left untreated for a long time, treatment can become more difficult.
What treatments are needed?
Your dentist will usually clean your teeth thoroughly to remove the scale. You'll also be shown how to remove plaque successfully yourself, cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly and effectively. This may take a number of sessions with the dentist or hygienist.
What else may be needed?
Once your teeth are clean, your dentist or hygienist may decide to carry out further cleaning of the roots of the teeth, to make sure that the last pockets of bacteria are removed. This is known as root planing. You may need the treatment area to be numbed before anything is done. Afterwards, you may feel some mild discomfort for up to 48 hours. Taking your usual painkillers will help keep you comfortable.
Once I have had periodontal disease, can I get it again?
Periodontal disease is never cured, but it can be controlled as long as you keep up the home care you have been taught. Any further loss of bone will be very slow and it may stop altogether. However, you must make sure you thoroughly remove plaque every day, and go for regular check-ups with your dentist and maintenance appointments with your hygienist.
Please refer to our Preventative Care – Top 10 Tips for more useful information on how to take care of your teeth and gums.