Don’t let gum disease be a factor in tooth loss

The tooth fairy doesn’t like gum disease, and once you are past a certain age losing a tooth is not a cause for celebration. Protect your mouth from tooth loss by treating signs of gum disease early using GumSaver, and including preventative measures in your oral hygiene routine.

How Does Gum Disease Cause tooth loss?

When gum disease is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a form of chronic, bacterial infection that affects your gums and the bone that supports your teeth.  In a person with periodontitis, the bacteria present on the teeth’s surface below the gum-line release toxins that irritate the gums causing reddening, inflammation and discomfort. The inner layer of the gum pulls away from the teeth and forms pockets between the teeth and gums, which can become infected.

The body’s immune system then fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads on the teeth’s surfaces below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque and the body’s “good” enzymes involved in fighting infections, start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place in your jaw. The longer it is left untreated, the deeper the pockets become, and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. As the disease progresses, the teeth are no longer anchored in place so they become loose and may fall out.

Tooth Loss and Periodontitis

Some people can suffer from chronic Gum Disease or Periodontitis for years before experiencing any symptoms such as wobbly teeth and tooth loss, which can affect just one tooth or area in your mouth, or all the teeth.  The process of bone loss is largely painless, which is why it is important to look out for and recognise the signs of gum disease, such as sore or bleeding gums, and attend the dentist regularly for a Check-Up. If there are any concerns your Dentist can take an X-ray to check the bone levels around your teeth and advise you on the right course of action.

How can I help to prevent tooth loss?

The GumSaver system includes a soft bristled tool specifically designed to remove bacteria from beneath the gum line, and a three-step cleaning technique designed to make the task of looking after gums and teeth simple for dental professionals and patients.

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