Periodontal disease is often thought of as a silent disease.
There is often no acute pain, there maybe no visible chages and the progress can be slow.
The associated disabilities evolve slowly and thus people adapt and deny until a certain point is reached.
Periodontal disease simply is the destruction of the supporting tissues (bone and gum) for the teeth which can eventually result in the loss of the teeth. The cause of Periodontal disease is the presence of certain bacteria around the gum line which results in a destructive inflammatory response form our bodies, resulting in the dissolution of the bone and support for the teeth
There are many factors which increase a persons risk for periodontal disease (genetics, smoking, presence of other diseases) but we know that the disturbance of the bacteria in the area around the teeth by correct oral hygiene and treatment will result in the disease process stopping…the loss of teeth is not inevitable.
The trick is seeking treatment early and making sure that your gums are checked at your dental appointments. When people present with the more advanced symptoms or periodontal disease such as loose teeth, pain, discomfort when eating, embarrassment of their dental condition , halitosis and social disability, the treatment that is required, as would be expected, is more arduous and lengthy. Please seek treatment early..
I often wish that I had seen these patients earlier and helped them to prevent the situation that they are now in.
One of the greatest gifts you can give to your children is to educate them in the care of their teeth from an early age. I know those habits will last a lifetime. It will save them time, disability and the inevitable costs of rehabilitation.
The loss of your teeth can have serious implications to your self image and your ability to function. It also affects your general medical health as well.
Below are numerous links to educational articles about the best way to maintain your oral health.
How to clean in between your teeth
Have I got gum disease?
Good toothbrushing technique
Speak to your dentist, hygienist or me(firstname.lastname@example.org, 9908 3466) about your gum health and treat early for best results.