GUM DISEASE TREATMENT
Don't let periodontal disease
ruin your smile
Your gums play a significant role when aiming for good oral health. When neglecting the hygiene of your gums, the accumulation of bacteria impacts dental plaque which leads to inflammation and damage of the gums. This is known as Periodontal (gum) disease, infecting the tissues that support and surround your teeth. Additionally, the consequences affect below the gum line, breaking down the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues.
Several factors increase the risk of developing gum diseases, the most common of which include tobacco smoking and chewing, systemic illnesses like diabetes or cancer, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menstruation, medications such as contraceptives and anticonvulsants, ill-fitting bridges and fillings that have become defective.
Regular dental check-ups and examinations are highly recommended as a dental specialist can determine signs of gum infections which may not be visible to the human eye. With the use of advanced technology in dentistry, gum disease treatment in Dubai consists of examining the signs of early and late phases of the disease. There are cases where patients don’t visit a dentist as they don’t sense any pain, however, this increases the risk of losing one’s teeth.
Various indicators may point to some form of gum disease. Symptoms may include red, swollen and tender gums, pus and pockets between gums and teeth, receding gums, gums that bleed during or after brushing, flossing or eating hard food, loose, shifting or separating teeth, bad breath and persistent bad metallic taste in mouth, mouth sores, changes in the fit of dentures and the way the teeth fit during bites.
Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the infection and are traditionally divided into two stages: Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is a fairly common infection that begins with the bacterial accumulation in the mouth. The buildup of plaque causes gums to become red and swollen and bleed easily. It is often a result of poor oral hygiene, inadequate nutrition and some other medical conditions.
When left untreated, gingivitis can progress to Periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gingivitis where the severe infection erodes the supporting structures of the teeth. The progressive loss and destruction of the bones, teeth and gums weakens the attachments and loosens the teeth.
Daily oral hygiene like brushing, flossing and regular use of an antiseptic mouthwash is critical in preventing of gum diseases. Use fluoridated toothpastes and replace toothbrushes once every one to three months. Maintain a proper diet that ensures proper growth and health of the gums and teeth. Avoid frequent consumption of foods and liquids that contain high amounts of sugar. Sugar allows bacterial adhesion and accumulation to the teeth and the tissues surrounding it. Limit sugar intake to the main meals of the day. Drinking plenty of water can help reduce inflammation by producing more saliva which in turn dilutes toxins from plaque. Regular visits to the dentist and dental examinations will help identify and address the risk and occurrence of infections. Progressive stages of the disease may call for more intensive treatments.