Detecting gum disease early to avoid tooth loss
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is one of the most wide-spread diseases across the world and is generally considered to be the leading cause of tooth loss. It is usually pain-free and can be easily missed particularly in the early stages, meaning that many people will have gum disease without even being aware of it.
At one80 Dental we are one of the only Specialist led Periodontal Services in Sheffield and the surrounding areas. Our Specialist in Periodontics and our experienced Hygiene Services Team provide advanced treatments and prevention of diseases and disorders (infection and inflammation) of the gums and other structures around the teeth.
With the right care gum disease is preventable, so it is important that you make regular visits to our dental team and maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Our experienced team will work with you to eradicate any active (untreated) disease and help you to prevent any further deterioration in your gum condition.
This image gives an indication of how the bone that supports your teeth in health is lost during the disease process known as periodontal disease.
- Healthy gums should be pink, firm and should not be tender when you brush or touch them. If you are experiencing any symptoms or changes in your teeth or gums that are causing you concern, then make an appointment with our team.
- Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can be reversed by removing plaque build-up and maintaining effective oral health at home. Gingivitis treatment is essential to ensuring your bacterial infection does not develop into periodontitis.
- Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth it can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is no longer considered to be ‘just’ a dental problem. There is increasing evidence to suggest strong links between periodontal infection and serious health and inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease. Emerging evidence has associated periodontal diseases and chronic obstructive airways disease, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, obesity, metabolic syndrome, some cancers and pre-term low birth weight babies.