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Dr. Tariq Drabu discusses the Three Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious oral health condition which affects mil...
Periodontal disease is a little harder to treat and sometimes requires a more
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Dr. Tariq Drabu discusses the three causes of Gum Disease

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Gum disease is a serious oral health condition which affects millions of adults around the world. Many don’t even realise they have gum disease, until their routine dentist appointment, where the dentist points it out.

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Dr. Tariq Drabu discusses the three causes of Gum Disease

  1. 1. Dr. Tariq Drabu discusses the Three Causes of Gum Disease Gum disease is a serious oral health condition which affects millions of adults around the world. Many don’t even realise they have gum disease, until their routine dentist appointment, where the dentist points it out. There are two types of gum disease that everyone should know about. Gingivitis is the least damaging and causes swelling, redness and discomfort. This disease is easily treated and combines professional cleaning with a good home oral health care routine. Periodontal disease is a severe gum disease, often caused when gingivitis is ignored. With periodontal disease the gum pulls away from the tooth, forming pockets which house dangerous bacteria. The bacteria cause significant damage to the tooth and support structure and if left untreated, it can result in tooth loss. There are three main causes of gum disease that everyone should be aware of, according to leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, Dr Tariq Drabu. Causes combined with symptoms should be noted, enabling patients to identify if they have a problem and seek immediate dental help to treat the disease and put a preventative measure in place. The first cause of gum disease is certain medications. Some medications, especially over the counter medications can cause saliva in the mouth to reduce. Saliva is essential to keep the teeth and gums health. Saliva is alkaline and controls the bacteria in the mouth. One of the most common medications that reduce saliva is cold medications. Patients need to be careful when taking medications, ensuring they drink plenty of water and keep themselves and their mouths hydrated at all times to reduce the risk of bacteria in the mouth, which can cause discomfort, gum disease and tooth decay moving forward. The next cause of gum disease in adults and children around the world is infection. Infections such as herpes and oral thrush can be a leading cause of gum disease. It is imperative if you have an infection to discuss it openly with your dentist, ensuring they can provide you with the treatment, prevention and education you need to reduce the risk of gum disease. Tariq Drabu also mentioned that nutrition plays a role in gum disease. Diet is a leading cause of gum disease. While many people are trying to eat healthier and a more well-balanced diet, lacking certain vitamins and calcium can have a negative effect on oral health. Patients who enjoy sugary foods and drinks or foods high in acidity are damaging their oral health. It is essential your diet includes vitamin C and B, along with plenty of calcium, which can be found in milk and yoghurts. Treatment is available for both types of gum disease, which is the good news. Gingivitis is much easier to treat and usually includes a professional clean at the dental surgery followed by a strict dental hygiene routine at home, which is brushing and flossing.
  2. 2. Periodontal disease is a little harder to treat and sometimes requires a more aggressive treatment plan, which may include antibiotics to fight the infection or even surgery, in very extreme cases. According to Dr Tariq Drabu, certain patients are at higher risk of gum disease. These include those with crowns, bridges and dentures. Dentists should be discussing gum disease with their patients, ensuring they are aware of the signs and symptoms and the treatment options. To prevent gum disease everyone should be brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. It is important to brush just before going to bed. Flossing is also important and if you think you may have gum disease, and then floss twice daily. The final step in the prevention of gum disease is to keep the routine appointments with your dentist, enabling them to identify any problems early on and put a treatment plan in place.

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