Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease, and has serious implications for dental health. Gum disease is preventable and we would like to stress the importance of good oral hygiene and regular check-ups in the battle against dental disease. Together, we can prevent periodontal disease and ensure you stay free from dental pain and soreness.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious form of gum disease, which often results from mild gum disease going untreated. In the early stages, gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease, is easy to treat and manage with good oral hygiene, but this is a progressive disease, and it can have very serious consequences.
Unlike gingivitis, periodontal disease is not curable and it causes irreversible damage to the gums and to the supportive structure beneath. This means that the end result is usually premature loss of the teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swelling, soreness, redness in the gums, bad breath and tender gums. As the disease becomes increasingly advanced, additional symptoms may include an unpleasant taste in the mouth, the formation of periodontal pockets (pockets of space between the teeth and gums) and loose teeth. Eventually, the loose teeth will fall out.
Preventing periodontal disease
Periodontal disease occurs most commonly as a result of poor oral hygiene and resulting plaque and tartar formation. Good oral hygiene makes all the difference when it comes to your oral health and it’s essential to spend 5 minutes of your time each day tending to your dental needs. We recommend brushing night and day for 2 minutes each time using fluoride toothpaste, and flossing or using inter-dental brushes on a regular basis. We also recommend giving up smoking, as this increases the risk of gum disease, and we are able to offer advice and support with this. We also advise patients to keep an eye on their diet and to limit the amount of sugary foods they consume and to avoid snacking on anything sugary or acidic throughout the day. We strongly recommend sticking to 6 monthly check-ups and we advise our patients who have signs of gum disease, and those who are at risk of developing gum disease, to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis.