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Gum Disease Treatment

Untreated Gum Disease is serious.

Gum disease is an infection in which the bone and gums holding the teeth are affected. The condition is very common – it affects more than half of adults with natural teeth

If you have had a history of gum disease than it is better to have it treated as soon as possible, leaving this untreated has many unwanted effects. The best way to deal with gum disease is to have it treated in its early stages. In advanced stages of the disease the effects are far more severe and the treatment required is far more involved than in traditional treatments. At Liberty Dentists we use the methods that are comfortable for patients.

Unfortunately, people with a history of gum disease are at a great disadvantage compared to people with healthy gums. Research has shown the following medical affects:

  • You are 14% more likely to develop cancer in general
  • 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer
  • 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer
  • 30 % more likely to develop blood cancers

The risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream can compromise recovery from surgery procedures and affect successful outcome:

  • You have 2-3 times more at risk of having a stroke
  • Long term untreated gum disease has been linked with chronic kidney disease
  • The bacteria are associated with a dangerous condition that occurs in pregnant women called preeclampsia
  • Nearly 80% of untreated gum disease women have preterm low birth weight baby compared with 7.5% treated gum disease women and 4.1% of healthy women
  • Gum disease may contribute to brain inflammation and Alzheimer's disease
  • These bacteria have a part to play in coronary artery disease and heart attack
  • A high amount of bacteria in the gums contributes to an increased risk of a heart attack
  • Bacteria can travel and enter the lungs and cause an increase risk of respiratory disorders such as COPD and have been found in pneumonia
  • Gum disease bacteria can be transmitted from one person to another and may harm your spouse and children

Why I should treat my gum disease?
It should be clear by now why it should be treated and goes to explain why keeping clear of this condition is said to extend one’s life by up to 10 years.

How do you know if you have gum disease?
The following signs and symptoms occur in Gum Disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • If you feel your gums are coming away from your teeth
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • You have many gaps where teeth existed at one time or wobbly teeth that continually collect food in between them after meals
  • You notice the way your teeth come together has changed
  • If you wear dentures, the fit has changed
  • You have pus in between teeth and gums when they are pressed

How do I know if I am at risk?
Apart from the signs and symptoms above they are:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • High sugar and acid consumption
  • Inadequately contoured filling near the gums
  • Crowded and poorly positioned teeth
  • Wisdom teeth
  • Certain age groups are more vulnerable
  • Before menstruation
  • Pregnancy
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Menopause
  • Genetic cause if your parents suffer you are 12 times likely to suffer from it
  • Intimacy with someone who has gum disease
  • Smoking and the use of nicotine
  • Diseases associated with this condition
  • Diabetes
  • Bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteonecrosis
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Vitamin c deficiencies
  • Can be induced by certain medications
  • Stress
  • Alcohol abuse