Effective gum disease treatment is available in Dubai, UAE
Do your gums look swollen or inflamed? Have you noticed some bleeding when you brush your teeth? While you may not think these symptoms are a big issue, they are all early signs of gum disease, a condition that is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Without treatment, gum disease will continue to progress, not only negatively impacting your oral health, but also increasing the risk of other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. Luckily, the team at Precision Dental Clinic is experienced in providing comprehensive gum disease treatment to improve your health.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that holds your teeth in place. Most commonly caused by inadequate oral hygiene, gum disease occurs when plaque buildups on the teeth and hardens. In its first stage, known as gingivitis, the gums are typically irritated, but the teeth are still secure in the sockets and no irreversible bone or tissue damage has occurred. Symptoms may include bleeding or swollen gums and halitosis (chronic bad breath). When gingivitis is not addressed, it will advance to periodontitis, which is a severe infection of the gum tissue. Individuals with periodontitis will notice gum tissue pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets, as well as loose or shifting teeth.
All you need to know about gum disease at Precision Dental Clinic explained by Dr. Shweta Prabhu
Do your gums bleed every time you brush teeth? Maybe you are suffering from gum disease. Watch this video to learn more about what gum disease is and what causes it as Dr. Shweta Prabhu from Precision Dental Clinic explains.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease or in dental terms periodontitis is something that affects your gums. It is a silent disease. You will hardly experience pain, but it has devastating effects on your oral health.
What causes gum disease?
Many factors can cause gum disease. The most important being the local deposits that develop in your mouth, as long as you are alive. A regular dental checkup with your dentist is recommended to diagnose if you are suffering from gum disease.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Symptoms of gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums every time you brush teeth
- Swelling in gums
- Discomfort or the need to constantly clean teeth
- Itching gums
- Spaces developing between teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Shift in bite
Treatment for gum disease
Treatment options for gum disease differ depending on the symptoms and severity of the condition. In all cases of gum disease, it’s important to dramatically improve oral hygiene at home in order to eliminate harmful bacteria and prevent plaque buildup. Other treatments may include:
- Scaling and root planing – This professional deep cleaning targets the periodontal pockets to remove plaque, bacteria and other toxins and then smooths out the rough areas on the root surface to prevent future accumulation under the gum line.
- Medications – Topical or oral antibiotics may be recommended to address the infection.
- Periodontal surgery – Can be used to strengthen damaged bone and gum tissue and reducing periodontal pockets.
- Dental restorations – If you have experienced tooth decay, gum recession, or missing teeth as a result of gum disease, further dental restorations may be necessary once the gum disease has been addressed.
The most important thing you can do for your gum health is to practice good oral hygiene techniques including brushing twice daily and flossing every day. It’s also important to maintain routine dental visits so any signs of gum disease can be caught early. Additionally, our annual savings plan is an excellent way to reduce your chance of developing gum disease. Click here to learn more.
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Last time we spoke about how diabetes is an important risk factor for developing gum disease. Today, I would like to throw light on something that is slightly more interesting is that if you have gum disease, could it affect your diabetes control? And the answer is yes, my friends. It could like any other chronic infection that is present in your body, or any chronic inflammatory process like arthritis or any of these, it depletes the body’s resources to fight a particular problem that it already has. So, if we have diabetes and along with that, we have another problem that is taking away the body’s resources, then it will affect your diabetes control. So, if you have diabetes, make sure you visit the dentist along with your endocrinologist to look after your gums, so you have better diabetes control. Until then don’t forget to brush floss rinse repeat.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A Periodontist (Gum Specialist) is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases as well as in the placement and maintenance of dental implants. They also treat oral inflammation.
Periodontists undergo extensive residency training in these areas, which includes more than two additional years of education beyond preliminary studies at dental school.
If periodontitis is not treated promptly, the structures holding the teeth could get damaged below the gum line without being seen.
Some noticeable signs of gum inflammation (gingivitis) and periodontitis:
- Discolored, red, and swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing teeth (Bleeding is less for smokers.)
- Bad breath caused by bacterial plaque
- Shifting teeth and open spaces between teeth due to bone loss in jaws
- Loose teeth with advanced periodontitis
This is aimed at gathering information, to design a personalized treatment plan, and to educate the patient on gum problems and treatments. We perform a clinical examination incorporating visual inspection of oral tissues, probing to measure the depths of the gaps between gums and teeth, any gum recession, and assessment of tooth mobility (increased looseness).
Treatment for tooth decay (if any) will be recommended. If necessary, the patient will be directed for further investigations.
Periodontal disease is chronic and has to be managed over the long term. Once the active disease is controlled, surgical procedures can be carried out to improve the existing damage. These include reshaping of gums and underlying bone to reduce pockets, use of regenerative materials and bone substitutes to restore lost attachment, and gum grafts to manage gum recession. Regular maintenance will ensure that the gums remain healthy and stable and prevent any recurrence.
Advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth and gums even though they may be in different stages of gum disease and periodontitis. However, if your teeth have become loose due to gum recession and/or bone loss, it may be necessary to consider their replacement with dental implants.
Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delays in treatment can result in further bone loss, more expensive treatments, and eventual tooth loss. If your teeth are lost, you may need dentures, but they are never as effective as your own teeth. Recent studies have also shown that gum disease is linked to heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis.
Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease caused by bacterial plaque. Untreated, it could damage oral structures beneath the gum line. The gum line draws back only with advanced periodontitis, and when the tooth roots are exposed, this may be mistaken for receding gums.
However, gum recession is not always caused by periodontitis. Too vigorous tooth brushing is another reason. Gum recession is not reversible even if you change your oral hygiene habits. Only a dental examination can reveal the exact cause.
According to scientific studies, periodontitis increases the risk of complications with dental implants, especially involving the anchoring of implants in the jawbone. Bacterial inflammation can also lead to bone loss with implants (peri-implantitis) and can lead to the loss of implants. Successful gum treatment reduces the risk of peri-implantitis. Someone with periodontitis can still get dental implants after completing gum treatment and with regular long-term professional dental care.