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What is Periodontal Disease?

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums which begins with bacterial growth in your mouth which if not treated may result in tooth loss due to the destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth . What causes gum disease? The plaque build-up causes the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing.

What are the symptoms of Gum Disease?

Gum disease may progress painlessly, producing few obvious signs, even at the late stages of the disease. Although the symptoms of periodontal disease are subtle, the condition is not entirely without warning signs. Certain symptoms may point to some form of the disease. The symptoms of gum disease include

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or moving teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures

How to treat periodontal disease?

Ask your dentist for a deep pocket chart. Careful assessment of periodontal tissues is an essential component of patient management. The BPE is a simple and rapid screening tool that is used to indicate the level of further examination needed and provide basic guidance on treatment needed. BPE guidelines are not prescriptive but represent a minimum standard of care for initial periodontal assessment. BPE should be used for screening only and should not be used for diagnosis.

At the clinic we have Giovanni Marras who is nearing the end of his Masters in Periodontology in Florence and has been treating patients with various stages of the disease. He has great knowledge and has seen some great results in courses of treatment he has provided.

On a positive, periodontal disease can be treated and is available on the Isle of Man and our Liverpool clinic.

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