Periodontics - the treatment of gum and bone infections

Periodontal disease affects the tissue supporting the teeth and is a result of gum infection (periodontitis or gingivitis). Gingivitis is present when the gums become inflamed, looking red and swollen with bleeding occurring when brushing or flossing. As the periodontal disease gets progressively worse the bone attaching the teeth in the jaw is lost, resulting in the teeth becoming loose. If left untreated this condition can result in your teeth eventually falling out.

Some recent scientific studies also suggest a link between gum disease and other systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart and lung disease and Alzheimer's. It is therefore important not only for your oral health but also your general health, to have treatment and eradicate any gum disease present.

The trouble with gum disease is that people can have it for years without noticing. Regular oral maintenance is essential for all patients. It's not only about avoiding decay and fillings but involves looking after your gums. Therefore to prevent and treat gum disease every patient should adhere to the following daily:-

Regular hygienist visits are essential in order to monitor a patient's dental health and identifying signs of periodontal disease. For this reason Dr Mark Howdle and his hygienist work together closely in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.

Useful links:

www.bsperio.org.uk
www.perio.org
www.bda-dentistry.org.uk