Has your dentist failed to diagnose or treat gum disease?
According to the British Society of Periodontology or BSP (bsperio.org.uk) periodontitis is the 6th most common disease throughout the world with more than 45% of adults in the UK being affected by undiagnosed gum disease. An astounding 743 million people worldwide are affected by gum disease at any time!
The BSP states that gum disease affects many aspects of patients’ lives but is often overlooked as it may have very few symptoms in its early stages but that the vital thing about undiagnosed gum disease is that is it preventable and easily treatable if the periodontitis is caught early enough. The BSP studies link oral health to a number of other significant conditions such as Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Heart health.
Periodontal disease is often called the silent disease and can be present over very long periods of time (years or even decades) without the patient actually knowing about it as the disease progression can be quite painless. That is why it is crucial for your dentist to be checking for the signs of undiagnosed gum disease at regular intervals.
Many legal claims are brought against old school dentists who fail to check for signs of gum disease including...
Bleeding gums when brushing or eating
Red, swollen or receding gums
Spacing appearing between your teeth
Loose or wobbly teeth
Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink
There is evidence that in severe gum disease, called periodontitis, bacteria from the diseased pockets under the gums enter the blood stream and can trigger low levels of inflammation in the blood stream and body in general.- *Source BSP
10 things to know about tooth decay and gum disease
Tooth decay (caries) and gum disease (periodontal diseases) are the most common human diseases - and both are preventable.
The burden of these diseases is high and increasing as the population ages.
Dental professionals should be consulted regularly to prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease effectively.
Bleeding gums are not normal. Dental professionals should be consulted immediately.
The oral healthcare team can advise on weight loss, smoking cessation, exercise and controlling diabetes and blood sugar levels in general.
Gum disease may be seen as an indicator of general health issues.
Education for oral health should target children, mothers-to-be, new mothers, care home workers and other caregivers.
Oral health status in older individuals is influenced by their level of dependence, rather than by their chronological age.
Reducing sugar and starch intake levels and frequency is important in preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Intake should be limited to mealtimes.
Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste is essential and can also be supplemented with additional effective agents that reduce plaque, such as those found in mouthwash and toothpastes.
Source: BSP and EFP