Gum Disease Prevention and Treatments at RDP Holistic
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss for adults yet healthy gums are easily achievable with the right oral hygiene regime.
A persistent build-up of plaque is the major cause of gum disease. If not regularly cleaned the bacterial plaque can lead to receding, swollen and bleeding gums resulting in loose and moving teeth.
These problems will usually be spotted during your regular check-ups with your dental practitioner who will be able to carry out simple non-surgical treatments for most conditions when detected early enough.
However, more serious cases of gum disease will be referred to our in-house specialist periodontist, a specialist who works exclusively with advanced treatments for gum disease. Gum health can then be maintained by seeing a hygienist regularly.
It is important for all patients to have regular check-ups to ensure their gums are clean and healthy and prevent disease before it begins. Regular visits to the hygienist will vastly improve and help you to maintain the health of your gums.
A recent study published by Dr Luigi Nibali, our specialist Periodontist, shows how regular Periodontology & Hygienist visits help to significantly reduce tooth loss.
Are you at risk of developing gum disease?
Modern dentistry has found that the health of our gums can reflect our overall wellbeing – with serious gum issues being linked to heart disease, diabetes and many general health difficulties.
Are you at Risk?
Studies have found that genetics, smoking and stress are all contributing factors to developing gum disease and suffering from ill-health.
However, we can all be susceptible to gum disease with recent research concluding that more than 70 per cent of the UK suffer from some degree of plaque on their teeth.
What are the causes?
Plaque, which is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease, will continue to grow if we neglect oral hygiene. It is therefore important to brush our teeth and floss regularly and thoroughly, as well as see our dental practitioner and hygienist for professional cleaning and advice.
How gum disease effects your health
Most medical professionals now agree that there is real evidence showing strong links between our dental health and overall wellbeing.
Having good oral hygiene has never been more important with serious gum issues now linked to heart disease, diabetes and many general health difficulties.
Gum disease is also the major reason why people need to see a dentist regularly.
It is important to maintain the health of your gums, as they cover and protect the bone, which in turn holds the tooth in place. Infection in the gums causes inflammation and this can make the tooth loose. Infection can also erode the bone. If left untreated this could mean you lose the tooth completely.
This is why at Ravenscourt Dental Practice we believe in a holistic approach to dentistry, looking after your overall health and not just the teeth and gums.
Gum disease is not curable, but it is treatable, and in most cases, very controllable. Ensuring diseases like diabetes are well controlled also helps as does to give up smoking.
When gum disease is very advanced, we will refer you to our in-house specialist periodontist, who is trained to help you overcome even the most difficult issues.
Do your gums bleed? Have you lost teeth due to gum disease? If so, contact Ravenscourt Dental Practice now on 020 8748 4023 or email: [email protected]
Gum Disease FAQs
When it comes to gum disease, the time it takes to heal depends on the severity of the condition. Generally speaking, the sooner you get your gum disease treated, the quicker it will be to fix and for your mouth to heal. As gum disease doesn’t just get better by itself, it’s important to get the help of a dentist as soon as you notice problems, as this will help to prevent a long and more invasive healing process. Getting your gum disease seen straight away could mean you only need to wait a couple of weeks to start seeing improvements, but your dentist will be able to give you a better idea of how severe your case is.
There are a few different treatment options for gum disease, and your dentist will determine the best course of action for you based on the severity of your condition. In mild cases, otherwise known as gingivitis, a deep clean may be all that’s necessary. Where more serious damage has been caused, your dentist may need to prescribe antibiotics, toothpaste on prescription or carry out deep cleaning beneath the gums. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best course of action to suit your needs during your consultation.
There are a few different causes of gum disease, but by far the most common cause is a build-up of plaque on the surface of the teeth. If left untreated, this build-up of plaque can lead to irritated gums and a breakdown in enamel.
Although it might sound daunting, gum disease is actually pretty common, with most adults presenting with some of the symptoms of the condition at some point in their life. Around 47% of adults aged 30 years or older present with some symptoms of gum disease, with around 70% of adults over 65 suffering from the condition. Because it’s so common, our dentists see and treat gum disease every day, so if you’re struggling with any of the common symptoms, including bleeding or sore gums, bad breath or loose or wobbly teeth, be sure to get in touch with us straight away.