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Periodontal disease should be avoided – not treated.

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With so many of us suffering from gum disease at any given time, here’s how you can stamp it out once and for all.




Whenever we talk about the topic of periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease), we get a huge reaction from people who feel that they may be suffering from the early symptoms of what it a very common ailment. Up to eight in ten, in fact, are believed to suffer from the problem at any given time.

So we thought that we’d blog today about some of the more common signs that you're in trouble – and an indication of what sort of people suffer from the problem.

There are always exceptions, of course but as a general rule, it's true to say that people don't normally display signs of gum disease until they hit their thirties or forties. And for whatever reason, it seems that men are more likely than women to suffer from the problem.

Teenagers seem pretty much immune to the disease, but they can often develop gingivitis – which is a milder form of gum disease. And if this isn’t tackled, of course, it can develop into fully blown periodontal disease.

The most common reason why your gums become infected is that plaque is allowed to develop along the gum line – and under it too.

It's relatively easy to spot that you’ve got gum disease. The main symptoms include the following:

• Red or swollen gums – particularly if this happens out of the blue.


• Bad breath that prevails no matter how many times you brush your teeth or rinse your mouth.


• Tender gums – and bleeding gums in some cases.


• Pain when you chew.


• Loose or sensitive teeth.


• Recession of your gums, when your teeth appear longer than usual.


If you find that you're suffering from any of these symptoms, it's time to pick up the phone and make an appointment with your dentist or specialist periodontist.


The nature of the periodontal treatment will vary from patient to patient – depending on the gravity of the symptoms. It may entail a simple return to better oral care each day, but can also involve more serious intervention.


And in case you haven’t come across the term before, root planning is where the infected surface of your tooth’s root is cleaned. Another option open to your dentist is a thing called root surface debridement, which removes damaged tissue completely.


As with all common dental ailments, prevention is way, way better than cure. And by brushing, flossing and rinsing on a regular basis, you can go a long way to making sure that you never have to talk to your dentist about gum disease.


And when we say brushing, we don’t mean a casual waving of the brush in the general direction of your teeth. Rather, you have to be methodical, making sure that the brush or floss gets into every single crack and crevice, which can provide ‘hiding places’ for the bacteria that will eventually form plaque.


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