The basis for a healthy mouth is healthy gums.
The absence of gum disease and tooth decay will help you
maintain your teeth for life. There is no need to start having teeth
extracted as you grow older, as long as you look after your teeth and
gums well. This starts with good home-care on a daily basis so that the
dental plaque (the bacteria) are removed every day and therefore gum
disease and tooth decay do not get a chance to develop. We will teach
you how to achieve this with the use of manual or electric brushing, and
the essential use of either dental floss or inter-dental brushes. Both
tooth decay and gum disease are preventable diseases but without proper
care and guidance teeth can still be lost.
Gum disease does not progress at an even pace. There will be periods
when the disease will progress extremely rapidly and then slow down
again. These period of rapid deterioration may coincide when you are
feeling low or run down. The bad news is that the bone attachment that
is lost during the active phases is virtually impossible to regain. The
good news is that we can control the advance of the gum disease as long
as you remove the plaque completely every day.
Because gum disease is on the whole a
pain free disease, is can gradually creep up on you without you
realising. It is most important to realise that just brushing your
teeth, even if you do it really well, will leave the plaque behind in
between the teeth, under the contact points. It is vital that once a day
those areas are cleaned with dental floss or inter dental brushes. We
will teach you how to use these and in the case of the inter dental
brushes we will assess which size is the optimal size for your teeth.
Treatment becomes more
difficult as the gum disease progresses but it can be very successfully
treated in the earlier stages. Early detection is very important! One particularly important aspect of gum disease
is the impact smoking has on it. The loss of bone, the attachment of the
teeth, is lost much faster than in an equivalent non-smokers mouth.
Definitely non something you would want to do!
There are other factors that influence periodontal disease
like diabetes, medications, stress, excessive biting forces and a poor
diet. On the issue of pregnancy it is good to know that with proper
care, there is no need for a deterioration of your teeth and gums during
a pregnancy. The gum are more likely to bleed though, caused by
hormonal changes in you body. With meticulous oral hygiene and some
straight forward dietary advice you will come through your pregnancy
without any problems.