Have you got swollen or bleeding gums? if so you may have periodontal disease. The earlier this is detected and treated, the better. If periodontal gum disease is left undetected and untreated, perio can cause tooth and bone loss and has been linked to other illnesses. This includes heart disease and stroke in addition to premature and underweight babies.

Thankfully, gum disease can be stopped quickly and efficiently. Treatment can remove infected gum tissue and the bacteria which has caused the infection. Did you know that treating perio is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health and you family oral health.

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that more than 80% of adults have or will experience some form of gum disease. Gum disease, or “periodontal disease”, is a bacterial infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. 

The first stage is called “gingivitis” and is categorised by gum tissue that is red, puffy or inflammed, and bleeds easily when touched with a toothbrush, floss or dental instruments.

The second, third, and fourth stages are initial, moderate, and advanced “periodontal disease”.  These stages differ from gingivitis as the infection has destroyed the bone supporting the teeth, which will result in tooth loss. Treatment is more involved at these stages, usually consisting of a special cleaning with anesthesia and can also require gum surgery.

A thorough dental examination is recommended for the diagnosis of tooth and gum infection is recommended prior to joint replacement. Periodontal disease is very common as an oral infection of the adult population with over 80% being affected). The infection slowly progresses over time and often results in advanced stage in seniors.

As there is no particular discomfort until total loss of bony support to the teeth, many adults are unaware that they have this infection until having an examination. It is important to note that the bacteria from this bone destroying infection, especially in the more advanced cases, has been attributed to possible infection of joint replacements.

People who are considering joint replacements who have not had a dental exam in over 12 months should consider a thorough dental evaluation of their teeth and gums prior to joint replacement surgery.

If a patient has a perio infection, treating gum infections and any abscess can take from 2 – weeks to 2 months before the patient is suitable for surgery.

The infection can continue for years without pain and undetected detection unless an exam is carried out. Visual oral examinations may not necessarily pick up periodontal disease until it is advanced. In order to detect the infection early, pockets between teeth and gums need to be examined. Early detection is vital. Look out for: bleeding gums, redness, swollen gums, bad breath, receding gums and mobility of teeth.

Don’t delay! contact your practice today. Don’t risk perio infection. Your smile and oral health are too important for that. Contact your practice today and ensure you and your family attend regular exams and treatments.