As a condition, Gum Disease is THE biggest threat to tooth loss, multiple tooth loss and even entire teeth loss. This silent condition progresses without causing any pain. People are completely unaware of its existence most of the time.
Some of the signs of gum disease include:
- Red looking gums,
- Bad breath,
- Loose teeth,
- Long teeth, and/or
- Tartar build-up around teeth.
As gum disease is a kind of inflammation, the body's immune system is constantly trying to fight against it. This, in turn, causes general ill-health. Research in the dental industry has also shown that Chronic Periodontitis is a known predisposing factor to Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke and Pre-term birth.
Why did I get Gum Disease?
Most of the time, the client is not at fault. Gum disease is a genetic condition affecting only some of the general population. Poor oral hygiene habits do also contribute. Because most people do not floss twice daily, for example, this can make the condition considerably worse.
But most clients become very motivated to move across to the group of people who floss twice daily once they know about their condition, and this helps significantly with the management of gum disease.
Gum Disease Assessment & Consultation
Edward Street Dental has a very measured and specific approach to the management of Gum Disease. Every tooth is measured and assessed in six areas per tooth. After this assessment, clients are placed into one of two categories:
- Periodontal Therapy managed at Edward Street Dental, or
- Periodontal Therapy led by a Periodontist (Gum Specialist).
Following the assessment, the process will involve both a treatment phase to repair damage and a management phase for the patient to follow.