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Preventive Dentistry

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Gum Disease
Gum Disease

Our teeth should last us our lifetime. One of the major causes of tooth or teeth loss is Periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is largely a preventable disease, so why are there still so many teeth being lost due to this disease?

What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

Red, swollen and/or tender gums
Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
Receding gums. The teeth appear longer than before
Loose or separating teeth
Pus between your gums and teeth
Sores in your mouth
Persistent bad breath
A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
A change in the fit of partial dentures

Some people have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease, smoking is one of the major risk factors. Other conditions include diabetes, stress, pregnancy and those on various medications. There is preliminary evidence suggesting that periodontal infections may also be associate with lung disease and other remote site infections.

It is also well documented that periodontal infections may have an impact on the following systemic diseases or conditions:

Diabetes mellitus
Cardiovascular (heart) diseases
Infective endocarditis

So how can you prevent the loss of your teeth by gum disease?

It is recommended that you should visit your dentist routinely every 6 months or less.
Give your dentist a history of any predisposing conditions or diseases you may have, including any medications you are currently taking.
Your dentist can check the condition of your gums, take x-rays to help diagnose periodontal health, and give your teeth and gums a professional clean every 6 months or less.
The onus still falls largely on yourself to properly brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss once daily.

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