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GUM DISEASES

WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?

It is a type of inflammatory gum disease that is caused by the plaque and tartar which get left behind on the teeth over a period of time. The gums will bleed when flossing or brushing. The gum will look red and puffy. It is a milder and reversible form of gum disease that can be treated by daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular dental prophylaxis cleaning with your dentist twice a year. Gingivitis does not affect the supporting bone structure of the teeth. 

WHAT IS PERIODONTITIS?

The plaque and tartar on the teeth causes severe gum inflammation. Over time,  inflammed gums start to pull away from the teeth, creating deeper space or unhealthy periodontal gum pockets where the bacteria can thrive and produce bacterial toxins.  The natural body immune system responds to these bacterial toxins by breaking down the bone and connective tissues around the healthy teeth. Periodontitis is a more serious inflammatory gum disease that permanently affects the gum and bone supporting your teeth, making your teeth become more mobile over time and leading to early tooth loss.

PERIODONTITIS GUM DISEASE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  •  Persistant bad breath that won't go away with normal tooth brushing or breath mints
  • Red and puffy gums with tenderness or even pain
  • Bleeding gums during brushing and flossing
  • Blood on the pillow in the morning
  • Pus draining from the inflammed gums
  • Loose teeth or teeth with noticable mobility
  • Tooth pain in more than one area when chewing
  • Change in the way your teeth comes together when closing your mouth in a normal position
  • Teeth that looks like they get longer over time

AVAILABLE TREATMENTS FOR PERIODONTITIS GUM DISEASE

  • Periodontal scaling and root planing, also known as deep gum cleaning 
  • Adjunctive antibiotics orally and/or direct placement of antibiootic into the infected periodontal gum pockets at the time of scaling and root planing
  • Periodontal gum surgery
  • Bone graft and guided tissue regeneration

Periodontitis cannot be cured. Continued good home care and professional gum maintenance cleaning every three month with the dentist for the rest of the patient's life is required to prevent relapse.

 

WHO ARE LIKELY TO GET PERIODONTITIS?

  • NOT TAKING CARE OF THE TEETH-With daily flossing and brushing
  • FAMILY HISTORY OF PERIODONTITIS
  • SMOKERS
  • MEDICAL CONDITIONS SUCH AS DIABETES, HIV, OBESITY, POOR NUTRITION, CONSTANT STRESS
  • AGE-
  • TEETH CLENCHING AND TEETH GRINDING
  • HORMONAL CHANGES CAUSED BY PREGNANCY, USE OF BIRTH CONTROL MEDICATIONS, STEROIDS, BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS
  • TRANSMITTED FROM INFECTED PERSON THROUGH SALIVA- Sharing eating utensils or tooth brushes, Kissing the spouse or partner who has untreated active periodontitis

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