The periodontal threat and what to do about it.

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Nov
14

Periodontal disease will get worse each day – unless you sort it right away. Here’s how.

We were at a dinner party recently (that’s a D4 way of saying a bit of a hooley) and the topic of conversation soon turned into a rather heated debate on what the most common illnesses are in the modern world.

Let’s just say that the debate contained more heat than light, and there were some rather bizarre claims as to what the most commonly occurring ailments might be.

We resolved to check the facts for ourselves as soon as we got home, and here they are for your education and illumination”

Malaria - most common in developing countries in Southeast Asia, Middle East and certain parts of the African continent and South America.

Tetanus - a form of bacterial disease affecting your central nervous system.

Diarrhoea - common right around the world and most often spread through contamination in food and water supply.

Hepatitis A&B - diseases affect the functioning of your liver, and resulting in a series of vaccinations over a number of months.

Typhoid Fever - affecting circulation of your blood and infecting your intestinal tract.

Yellow Fever - another common disease caused by our friend, the mosquito.

Meningitis - which can prove deadly if it's not addressed in double-quick time.

Cholera - another bacterial disease, this time targeting your intestines.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - more common in developing counties, these diseases claim a lot of lives each year.

The Common Cold - a viral infection affecting the respiratory system.

Would you believe us, however, if we told you that there is one disease that is even more prevalent than these? Well, it's a fact. We’re talking about gum disease – often referred to as periodontal disease. It's estimated that as many as 80% of the population can be suffering from this at any given time – some from a serious version of it, and some from the embryonic stages.

The reason that this ailment is so common is that it's caused by bacteria – and bacteria will simply never find a more hospitable set of conditions than in the warm, moist environment of your mouth.

These bacteria are not powerful enough to attack your actual teeth. However, they attack and undermine the gums that support them, so the overall effect can be just as devastating. You might remember from previous blogs that periodontics is the branch of dentistry that concerns itself with the supporting structures of the teeth.

Bacteria have one great party trick – and that’s the ability to multiply at a frightening rate. So even in the healthiest mouth, they’ll soon become a real menace. And that’s why we recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, using an anti-bacterial toothpaste. Equally, when you choose a mouthwash, you should make sure that it's anti-bacterial.

And remember, when brushing your teeth, that bacteria will try to ‘hide’ from you in those hard-to-reach parts of your mouth. That’s why it's so important that you have a ‘system’, and that you work your way around your mouth with a planned serious of movements.

If not, those rogue bacteria get the chance to multiply, and can eventually lead to serious conditions like a periodontal abscess or even loss of teeth. And if you’d like to be extra-sure that you’ve attacked those pesky bacteria, then adding flossing or interdental brushes to your daily regime is a brilliant idea.

If you'd like to read a bit more about the topic of periodic disease, then here's a great place to start -http://www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/causes/periodontaldisease.html