Periodontitis: The 6th Complication of Diabetes

Periodontitis: The 6th Complication of Diabetes Diabetes effects all populations and is becoming a ‘global epidemic’ with many cases (possibly up to 50%) remaining undiagnosed. It is a common health problem that if not controlled can have many serious health effects which in turn can lead to lower life expectancy, complications include: Cardiovascular disease (major…

What is Periodontal Maintenance Therapy?

What is Periodontal Maintenance Therapy? Periodontal Maintenance Therapy consists of four main stages: 1. Reassessment – This involves assessment of the periodontal status, including repeat measurements of pockets, bleeding, gum recession, mobility and oral hygiene levels. 2. Diagnosis – We can diagnose disease that may have relapsed or detect new disease based on the measurements…

THE COVID CONNECTION: How Leaving Gum Disease Untreated May Be Increasing Your Risk of Covid-19 Complications

THE COVID CONNECTION: How Leaving Gum Disease Untreated May Be Increasing Your Risk of Covid-19 Complications GUM DISEASE, commonly known as Periodontal Disease, encompasses Gingivitis and Periodontitis. It is a bacterial infection involving the gums and oftentimes, the bone that surrounds a tooth. Gum diseases can affect just one tooth or many teeth and Gingivitis…

Causes of gum recession

Two common causes of receding gums are gum disease (periodontitis) and trauma from tooth brushing. If the cause is periodontal disease, management involves treating and stabilising the disease in order to prevent further destruction. If tooth brushing trauma is the cause, prevention may be somewhat more challenging since it may be difficult to change brushing…

Pregnancy and Gum Disease

Periodontal disease and the negative effects it can have on our unborn babies Did you know that gingival inflammation is likely to increase during pregnancy, even when good oral hygiene is being maintained? This can lead to the progression of gum disease, a potential risk factor for gestational diabetes and other adverse pregnancy outcomes such…

Smoking and Periodontal Disease

How can smoking affect not only your general health but also your oral health? Quick Facts: Tobacco is one of the leading causes of mouth cancer in the UK Smokers are up to 6 times more likely to show destruction of the periodontal tissues than a non-smoker Smokers are twice as likely to lose teeth…