In Britain today, 15-30 per cent of adults have chronic gum disease. Gum disease isn't always painful, and you may not be aware you have it. Therefore, it's important to have regular dental check-ups.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. If daily brushing and flossing do not remove the plaque it can build up and irritate the gum causing inflammation.
Early symptoms of gum disease can include:
During the early stages gum disease can be reversed because the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place have not been affected.
Healthy gums should be pink, firm and keep your teeth securely in place. Your gums shouldn't bleed when you touch or brush them.
Top experts in dental and diabetes research looked closely at all the latest research into diabetes and gum disease.
They found that:
A recent CDC report provides the following data related to prevalence of periodontitis in the U.S.:
47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.
Our hygienist, Sarah Russell (Chapman), will remove the ‘tartar’ (calculus) caused by bacteria from above the gum line by cleaning your teeth.
If your gums have pulled away from your teeth the hygienist will remove bacteria and calculus from under the gum by using an ultrasonic scaler and hand cleaning instruments.
Sarah will discuss how many appointments will be required depending on the severity of the disease. Patients with more aggressive forms of gum disease may be asked to take a short course of antibiotics after treatment.
No, you can decide not to have treatment. However, with no treatment your gum disease could get worse. Your teeth could become painful or you may lose your teeth sooner.
Extractions may be an acceptable alternative treatment if your gum disease is severe. Extractions would reduce the time spent treating your gums and an extraction would remove a painful tooth quickly. An extraction may also be a suitable option if teeth are loose. This may mean you need replacement teeth such as a denture or bridge. Some people find it easier and more enjoyable to eat with natural teeth than a denture.
My teeth feel so clean. Thank you Sarah Russell for cleaning my teeth and showing me the areas I have to spent more time cleaning.
Ronel Van Der Spuy 20/20 Dental Practice
I'd never had a proper hygienist appointment before and I was experiencing some sensitivity around my wisdom teeth as they were just coming through so I was slightly worried that it may be painful. However, Sarah was so gentle that I honestly didn't feel a thing! Even when she was cleaning around my wisdom teeth where the gum was very sensitive, I didn't feel any pain whatsoever. She helped me see which areas I was missing and advised how to keep up the cleaning at home. She even gave me a demonstration on my teeth of the best brushing technique with an electric toothbrush to make sure I was getting the hard to reach areas at home. Altogether it was a very positive experience and Sarah's friendly attitude made the whole appointment feel very relaxed.