One of the most common human diseases is periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease. It affects as many as three out of four adults over the age of 35 in the UK. Glasgow Dentists provides suitable treatment to help prevent and treat cases of periodontitis with ultimate care.
Periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums due to infection, which causes the gums to appear red, swollen, and often causes them to bleed. If left untreated, the infection can lead to serious damage in the future, such as the loosening of teeth and even potential tooth loss. This is caused by the bacterium that is collected in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, for example between the teeth. Prolonged inflammation can cause deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss.
Commonly Asked Questions
What are the symptoms?
It is important to be able to recognise the signs of periodontitis in order to treat it as early as possible and to prevent any further problems from developing. Healthy gums should appear a pale pink colour and be firm to touch. Symptoms of periodontitis include the following:
Bleeding when brushing or flossing teeth
New gaps developing between your teeth
Gums that are bright red or a purple colour
Bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth
Pain when chewing
What are the risk factors of periodontist?
There are numerous factors that can increase your risk of periodontitis, which include the following:
Poor oral hygiene routine
Lack of nutrition in diet
Genes (some people are more likely to develop the disease due to their genes)
How can it be treated?
There are several preventative measures that you can do at home. The key to the prevention of periodontitis is to pursue a good, consistent oral hygiene routine to ensure that your teeth are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. This will help to stop the build-up of plaque on and in between your teeth. Additionally, regular dental visits and professional cleanings will decrease the risk of periodontitis and allow for early diagnosis and treatments to be undertaken if necessary. If you think you may have periodontitis, the sooner you seek treatment, the better. Luckily, today there are many procedures that have proven to be successful in the treatment of periodontitis. These treatments include scaling and root planning, pocket reduction procedures, and gum grafts.
These treatments can all be performed by our dentists here at Glasgow Dentists. We care about our patients and want the highest quality of service to help improve the health of your mouth and the appearance of your smile. Contact us today to find out more information.