Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning. Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.
Most people suffer from some form of gum disease, and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the disease develops very slowly in most people, and it can be slowed down to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life. READ MORE
What treatments are needed.
The oral hygienist will usually give your teeth a thorough clean. You’ll also be shown how to remove plaque successfully yourself, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly and effectively. This may take a number of sessions with the dentist of hygienist.
Once your teeth are clean, your dentist may decide to carry out further cleaning of the roots of the teeth, to make sure that the last pockets of bacteria are removed, or refer you to a periodontist, who specialize in gum problems. You’ll probably need the treatment areas to be numbered before anything is done. Afterwards, you may feel some discomfort for up to 48 hours.
Periodontal disease is never cured. But as long as you keep up the home care you have been taught, any further loss of bone will be very slow and it may stop altogether. However, you must make sure you remove plaque every day, and go for regular check ups by the dentist and hygienist.
With the oral hygiene at home your teeth never feel quite as “polished” even with the electric toothbrush and dental brushes and a regular twice daily routine.
Thank you, Charlott, for saving my teeth. My mother had lost all her teeth at my age now!