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Gingivitis – Early Gum Disease
Plaque is a mixture of food, bacteria and bacterial waste products that build up on your teeth after eating. When plaque is left on your teeth, the gums initiate an immune response to it. This is the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated, the gums begin to pull away from your teeth, leaving little pockets around the tooth. This pocket traps plaque that can’t be reached with a toothbrush. Plaque that is not removed hardens to become tartar (calculus). Plaque and tartar build up causes further irritation and gum disease. This can lead to bleeding gums, a funny taste and bad breath. It can also cause the gums to recede. If this occurs, dentine may become exposed and the teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold. Gum treatment involves removing this build up and maintaining it. For more information on how to look after your teeth at home, please click on our oral hygiene guide.
At the Smile Cliniq in London, we take gum disease very seriously and every patient undergoing a dental examination, is provided with a periodontal assessment.
In certain individuals, the irritation caused by plaque and tartar and the body’s inflammatory response to it, starts to affect the bone structure supporting your teeth. As time goes on, the pockets get deeper and more difficult to clean, and the gum and bone recede from the roots, so that some of the root may be visible. As you lose support for your teeth, they may become mobile. This stage is called periodontitis. Periodontitis refers to a number of inflammatory gum diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth.
Periodontitis involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that adhere to and grow on the tooth’s root surfaces, along with an overly aggressive immune response against these bacteria. A diagnosis of periodontitis is established by inspecting the soft gum tissues around the teeth with a periodontal probe and by visual analysis of radiographs, to determine the amount of bone loss around the teeth. Unfortunately, periodontal gum disease is never cured, but can be controlled or slowed by an effective oral hygiene regime incorporating both the patient and dental team. This includes debridement by the Dentist or Periodontist, and in some cases medicaments to remove bacteria (chlorhexidene) or to encourage periodontal tissue regeneration (emdogain Click here for more info).
At Smile Cliniq our Specialist Periodontist is Evdokia Chasioti. We recommend patients to see her if the disease is moderate or advanced.
Factors such as smoking or poorly controlled diabetes may also contribute to the deterioration of the gum condition and we will advise you if you need to make any changes to improve your gum condition.
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