Gum disease is one of the most prevalent dental conditions that affect many people globally. Gum disease (periodontitis) is an infection-induced inflammatory process involving tooth-supporting structures. The early signs of gum disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, and a receding gum line. This most common human oral disease is caused by certain bacteria that increase in number and virulence when the related risk factors, such as multiplying bacterial deposits, can grow undisturbed under the unreachable gum pockets while producing by-products which may stimulate the body’s defensive inflammatory response around the teeth. This chronic inflammatory disease may initiate as mild gingivitis, which can progress to severe periodontitis, causing gradual destruction of tissues that support teeth and other serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes over the years when untreated efficiently.
The epidemiological evidence, and the consensus report from the Periodontology-Cardiology Workshop and the World Heart Federation (WHF) Global Heart, held by The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) in Feb. 2019, predict an increased future risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and make the basis for the Perio-Cardio Campaign. Gum infection has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain good daily oral hygiene practices and visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. However, even with good oral hygiene, some people may still develop gum disease due to genetic predisposition, immune system suppression, and other underlying health conditions.
If you suspect you have gum disease, see a gum and periodontal specialist.If you are living in London, you may search for periodontist London as soon as possible to receive an early diagnosis and efficient treatment of your periodontal disease. These dental professionals have advanced training and experience in diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum disease. They can thoroughly evaluate your gums, teeth, and oral health and recommend the best treatments.
The initial stage of gum disease treatment involves debridement of the soft and hard biofilm (calculus) on the root surfaces below the gum line. For more advanced cases of periodontitis, after the successful removal of bacterial biofilm and infected tissue around the roots of teeth, regenerative surgical treatments, including gum transplants and bone regeneration, may be necessary.
In addition to these treatments, periodontists may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or improving your diet and oral hygiene habits, to help manage your gum disease and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.
AtLondon Specialist Dentists, a dental clinic in London, Dr CosimoLoperfido and Dr Nico Kamosi are highly trained periodontists who have developed extensive expertise in both non-surgical and regenerative aspects of disease treatments. The clinic is one of the top periodontal clinics in London, with state-of-art equipment and a highly-skilled and experienced team who go the extra mile to provide high-quality personalised care to each establish and maintain good oral health. Their staff also provide a welcoming, comfortable, safe atmosphere and efficient service.
You can contact them today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards healthy gums and teeth.