Gum disease, also known as Periodontal disease, is one of the most common diseases to affect humans and if not treated can have long lasting effects.
Quite often gum disease is painless until the late stages. This means that when patients present at their dentist it is sometimes to late to save some of the teeth. This leads to the horror stories of patients having to have all their teeth extracted.
The great news is that even if you have gum disease, it is still possible to keep all of your teeth for the rest of your life. Like diabetes, managing gum disease is possible and its effects can be minimised. After 15 years in practice Mark Tangri, a leading authority on gum disease, has been amazed at the success stories of patients with loose teeth that were about to be taken out by other dentists that we’ve managed to save for them. A team approach involving regular dental visits and home maintenance are the keys to success.
Signs and Symptoms
- Red or bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Spitting blood after brushing
- Halitosis or bad breath
- A metallic taste in your mouth
- Gum shrinkage resulting in longer teeth
- Loose teeth
Associated Medical Conditions
The scientific literature shows a strong relationship between gum disease and various medical conditions.
Gum disease is a disease of inflammation, an overreaction of the gums to the bugs and bacteria in your mouth. We can monitor the “markers” of this inflammation, the chemicals our bodies produce.
We know that the same markers are raised in people with diabetes, at risk of strokes or heart attacks.
Due to the symbiotic nature of our bodies, we would urge you, or anyone you know, whom may have diabetes, has had a stroke or has heart disease to have an assessment of their gum health, it may just save your life!