Have you got Liverpool’s most common disease? It’s a disease that makes your breath smell, mouth bleed and if left untreated can cause your teeth to fall out. It’s a disease that increases the risk of heart disease, premature birth, cancer, depression, dementia and obesity. It’s a disease that’s carried (in some form) by a staggering three out of four adults over 35 here in Liverpool. It’s Gum Disease.
The latest NHS statistics tell us that and over 3/4 of adults over 35 have gingivitis or periodontal disease and 95% of individuals in Liverpool will suffer from some form of gum disease in their lifetimes. Worryingly, children are more and more at risk of gum disease and decay in Liverpool and we have the highest incidence of children under 5 with decay out of the entire uk.
These statistics are worrying but that doesn’t mean that you need to be part of them.Dental Hygiene Therapists say ‘gum disease is treated at home’ which means that simply brushing your teeth, using Tepe brushes or floss and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine (including trips to the hygienist) will keep your gums and teeth healthy for your entire life. The success rate for gum disease treatment is extremely high at Smileworks and we help dozens of patients feel great about their smile each month.
Call the office today and speak to a member of the team about getting an appointment with either of our hygiene therapists. It’s never to late to start thinking about a healthy smile and there’s no problem that can’t be fixed by our expert team. Here at Smileworks we love treating gum disease because it means developing great relationships with our patients and watching your confidence and happiness increase as your smile and health improves.
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Gum Disease is an infection of the gums that causes them to become inflamed and red.If left untreated, this gum infection can lead to gum recession and also attack the bone, ligaments and structures that support your teeth causing them to become loose and eventually fall out.Gum disease also causes you to have unpleasant smelling breath.Gum disease is exacerbated by smoking and certain ‘dry mouth medications’.
It’s caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums.Brushing regularly removes this plaque although you will need to visit the hygienist (or dental hygiene therapist) to have your teeth scaled every three to six months.Scaling is where a high pressure jet of air and water is blasted under the gum-line to remove plaque and bacteria that brushing cannot reach.
When patients come to smileworks they will have a number of diagnostic checks as part of their check-up.Your dentist or dental hygiene therapist will take x-rays. The reason we do this is the measure the amount of bone loss and any damage to supporting structures of the teeth.Remember the bacteria damage your bone and this is what makes your teeth wobble with advanced periodontal disease.
We will also conduct a ‘pocket chart’.This is not a chart you keep in your pocket but a depth measurement of the ‘pockets’ between the gum and bone.The deeper the pockets in mm the worse the situation.Bleeding is often not common with advanced periodontal disease because the blood pools in the pockets and you don’t see it.
Gingivitis is the mildest and most common form of gum disease affecting 95% of adults at some point in their lives. You may notice symptoms like:
Your gums are not healthy pink but deep red, bright red or sometimes purple
You may notice blood in your spit when you brush your teeth
You may notice bad breath (or more likely your friends and family might!)
Your gums may be inflamed and look swollen
They may be tender or painful to touch and brush
They may be soft or squiggly to touch
You my notice your gums receding or your teeth appearing longer than they were
Gingivitis does not affect the underlying tooth structures and is easy to prevent with a good oral hygiene regime that includes brushing twice daily.In addition to brushing you will need to floss or use intra-oral brushes or ‘Tepe brushes’.Gingivitis is also straight forward to treat at the dentist with regular hygiene appointments where the therapist will clean under the gemlike and remove the bacteria that type brushes and floss cannot reach. Watch the video here to learn more;
When gingivitis is left untreated and you are not regularly brushing, flossing or using intra-oral brushes, you will develop full gum disease or periodontal disease. This is where the bacteria in the plaque causes a full blown infection in the mouth.It’s not the actual bacteria that cause the problems but how your body responds to the bacteria that causes many of the issues associated with gum disease.
If you have periodontal disease (or “perio” to dentists) you will notice the following symptoms
Possibly some or all of the symptoms of gingivitis.
the gums receding from the teeth and the teeth appearing longer
your teeth are spreading out, moving or becoming loose.
You have periodontal ‘pockets’ which are gaps between the gums and teeth
There may be more bleeding or sometimes the bleeding may be less, because it is confined to the pockets caused by your periodontal disease
Chronic Periodontal Disease / Periodontitis
This is where the bacterial infection is severe and chronic. You will notice severe gum recession, wobbly or loose teeth and you may have a number of missing teeth. When the disease has progressed this far there is an increased risk that you may develop other systemic health problems as a consequence. Brushing and oral hygiene will not be enough to treat advanced perio and you will need to come to see your dental hygiene therapist for a treatment plan to get the disease under control.
Here’s a helpful video explaining periodontitis in more detail including your treatment options.
When should I get treatment?
If you were bleeding from your ears or nose every day would you just ignore it or go and see a doctor? Of course you would see a doctor!Likewise if you had a swollen or infected hand would you go and see a doctor or just leave it?Gum disease is an infection of a significant part of your body and you must get it treated if you want to keep all your teeth and have a healthy smile.But more than this, gum disease is also linked to a whole host of other inflammatory diseases and can create problems with your overall health if left untreated.
Call the office on 0151 236 5166 or fill in the form below and speak to someone about gum disease treatment at Smileworks. It’s never to late to start your journey towards a healthy smile.
As we’ve already said, the best treatment for gum disease is prevention.The best way to get rid of gum disease is not to get it in the first place.Gingivitis treatment will usually start with brushing twice daily, using Tape brushes and flossing.Take a look here at the Smileworks guide to Oral Hygiene Gadgets for a great review of all the different oral hygiene tools and hacks available to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
If the problem is more severe and you have periodontal disease then this can be treated at the dentist with more frequent hygiene appointments.Patients with healthy mouths should visit the dental hygiene therapist or hygienist at least twice a year.For individuals with periodontal disease, you’ll need to visit four times a year or even more.
The therapist may also proscribe special antibiotics that will help your body fight the infection and get your period under control.Many patients ask whether periodontal disease has a cure.The answer is that it cannot be ‘cured’ but can be managed so it stops causing you more problems in the future.
How much does it cost?
This is another question frequently asked by patients.Here at Smileworks we have a tailored gum disease membership plan that costs just £30 per month for:
2 check ups per year
1 Comprehensive hygiene appointment
3 maintenance scale, polish and cleanings per year
1 basic scale
10% off necessary dental treatment
Worldwide dental cover
Emergency dental cover in the UK
Warranty on all dental work
if you have advanced periodontal disease then your dental hygienist therapist will need to conduct additional treatments to stabilise your gum disease including a course of antibiotics and frequent debridements to remove the plaque, tartar, dead tissue and debris from around the teeth and gums to allow the infection to heal and your situation to improve.This will incur an additional cost but patients are often surprised at how much can be done and how their position can improve without spending very much money.
Here at Smileworks our dentists very rarely if ever treat gum disease.We leave it to the experts who are dental hygienist therapists and spend their entire careers treating and managing gum disease.This is not only a better solution to get you the results you deserve but also a less expensive alternative to being treated by a dentist.
How long does treatment take?
Gum disease treatment is not a simple fix and it involves work from both the hygiene therapist and you to fix the problems and improve the health of your mouth.Treatment can take months and often seems to get worse before it gets better.This is normal though and your dentist or hygienist will give you all the advice you need on what to expect during your treatment.
Is it Painful?
Gum disease can sometimes be painful but a lot of the time there is no pain from the infection.This is one of the main reasons it is such a widespread disease.People assume that everything is ok so long as it doesn’t hurt. Treatment for advanced gum disease is not painful and your therapist will use local anaesthetic to numb the treated areas before any potentially painful work is carried out.
When you have fixed braces, it can be more difficult to keep your teeth clean and patients are at slightly increased risk of gum disease.During your braces treatment, your dentist or orthodontist will keep a close eye on the health of your smile and instruct you on how to keep your teeth, gums and braces clean.
If you already have periodontal disease then this must be brought under control before you undergo orthodontic treatment.This is fairly common and having gum disease doesn’t mean you can’t get braces it just means we need to teat it before we start orthodontic treatment.Smileworks braces patients get hygiene appointments as standard and you can be assured that your gum disease will be fully controlled so that you can get your teeth straightened and get the smile you deserve.
Gum disease and other illnesses
Dr. Charles (Chip) Whitney of the American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health (AAOSH) gave a wonderful keynote speech in 2017 about the link between oral health and systemic (overall) health.There is a powerful effect of oral bacteria on cardio vascular disease and many other diseases an this is proven to a high standard in medicine.
When a patient has gum disease the bacterial infection in their mouth is literally raging out of control.Swallowing and absorbing the toxins and byproducts of this bacteria for a long time can cause serious health effects in your body – not just in your mouth. Each year dentists, cardiovascular researchers and scientists find out more and more increasingly worrying links between heart disease, cancers and other systemic diseases that are linked to and made worse by gum disease or ‘Oral Bacteremia’
There is an incredible amount of illnesses including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, preeclampsia (premature birth), cancers and even dementia.Many of these associations are ‘Level A Associations’ which mean there is a direct cause. There is also a possible association between fertility and gum disease.
A recent study by the American Dental Association found that gum disease sufferers had an overall risk of 14% for cancers generally with some specific types of cancer being 30% more likely in gum disease sufferers.According to the study:
“men with a history of periodontal disease had a 36 percent increased risk of lung cancer, a 49 percent increased risk of getting kidney cancer, a 54 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer and a 30 percent increased risk of white blood cell cancers”
So if you needed a reason to get your gum disease treated, then this is certainly it.Many people don’t get treatment and say ‘gum disease can’t kill you’ but it’s clear from these findings that this statement is not entirely accurate.
Gum disease is exacerbated by certain medications.The reason for this is that they cause you to have a dry mouth (also called xerostomia).Your dentist or Dental Hygiene Therapist will take a full medical history and discover whether medications you are taking might cause your gum disease to worsen.
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