How to use Help For: Gum Disease – Gel:
Using a clean finger massage approximately half an inch (1cm) of the gel onto the sore area. This can be repeated after 3 hours.
Denture irritation: apply and leave at least 30 minutes before reinsertion of the dentures.
HELP FOR: GUM DISEASE – GEL
What causes gum disease:
Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colourless ‘plaque’ on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form ‘tartar’ that brushing alone cannot clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away.
- Red or swollen gums.
- Tender or bleeding gums.
- Pain when chewing food.
- Loose teeth.
- Sensitive teeth.
- Receding gums or teeth that appear to be longer than usual.
The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called ‘gingivitis’. In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dentist or hygienist. This form of gum disease does not include any loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to ‘periodontitis’ (which means ‘inflammation around the tooth’). In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called ‘pockets’) that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue the hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
Smoking – Smoking is one the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease.
Hormonal changes in females – These changes can make gums more sensitive and make it easier for gingivitis to develop.
Diabetes – People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing infections, including gum disease.
Medications – There are hundreds of prescription and over the counter medications that can reduce the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on the mouth. Without enough saliva, the mouth is vulnerable to infections such as gum disease. Also some medication can cause abnormal overgrowth of the gum tissue which in turn can make it difficult to keep teeth and gums clean.
Genetic susceptibility – Some people are more prone to gum disease than others.
Treatment of gum disease:
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up a good daily care routine at home.
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