Lots of people have been quitting smoking over the last ten years as more and more studies show exactly how bad it is for you.
Shocking statistics have encouraged many to give up those unhealthy little sticks in favour of a smoke free life. However, for some, something else has replaced cigarettes. Not patches or nicotine spray, but instead something completely new; vaping.
What Is It?
Vaping is where a person inhales vapour created by a heating element heating something called e-liquid which is made from either vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol or a mixture of both, plus flavourings and sometimes nicotine.
Is It Safe?
Nobody knows yet if vaping is safe or if it is harmful. Studies are still being done and hopefully in the future science will prove exactly how healthy it is compared to smoking. Here at your Egham dentist we're not here to say whether it is safe or not or whether or not anybody should or shouldn't do it. What we are here to do though, is explore how vaping could affect your oral health.
When we say pros about vaping, we simply mean instead of smoking. What we do know is that vaping means a person inhales a lot fewer chemicals than they do when smoking cigarettes. The chemicals in cigarettes can cause cells to mutate and become something nasty, like cancer. Vaping means the mouth is exposed to a lot less of those chemicals. Another pro is that there is no tar in e-liquid which means no staining. The lack of smoke also means there are no smelly clothes and there is no smelly breath.
Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is common, but in many cases preventable. It comes in many different levels ranging from general inflammation of the gums, all the way to complete tooth loss and damage to the bone that keeps the teeth in place.
Although some people can be more at risk of gum disease (people on certain medications, people who smoke etc), the gum disease itself is still caused by the same process in the mouth. The bacteria in our mouths stick to the teeth resulting in plaque which we can usually brush away; however, any plaque we don't get rid of makes a harder material stuck to the teeth called tartar. The longer either plaque or tartar are on the teeth, the longer they have a chance to cause damage. The bacteria in the plaque lets out acidic bi-products that irritate the gums, and eventually cause cavities in our teeth. The gum irritation is called gingivitis, the very first stage of gum disease. At this stage gums are sore, and they may well bleed when you brush.
If this level of gum disease is not addressed, it can turn into periodontitis which is an advanced form of gum disease. At this stage the gums start to separate from the teeth and pockets are formed which are vulnerable to bacteria and easily get infections in them. These infected pockets get deeper and the soft tissues and bone that holds the teeth in place starts to get broken down until eventually everything in the area is destroyed.
Gum disease is something we would usually only consider being a problem that adults experience. Unfortunately, the real truth is that children are susceptible to gum disease too.
Less children are found with tooth decay than a decade ago because we are, as a society much more aware of the dangers of sugar, and many of us are making conscious choices when feeding our children. However, tooth decay and gum disease is certainly still a problem.
The Different Types Of Gum Disease Children May Be Susceptible ToGingivitis Stage 1
This type of gum disease is the most common type found in children. Signs and symptoms will be the gums swelling, being red and bleeding very easily (usually noticed when brushing). This type of gum disease can be prevented with avoidance of sugary, acidic or starchy foods, and a great dental hygiene regimen of brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. It is so important gum disease is caught at this stage so it doesn't progress to a more serious problem.
Your Egham dentist looks at the UK's leading cause of tooth loss.
Gum disease remains to be the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK.
Here at your local Egham dentist we are passionate about preventing gum disease, helping patients perfect their oral health regime to avoid it as much as possible. We are pleased to have Dr Schiefung Tay on our team at our Egham clinic. Dr Tay is a gum disease specialist (periodontist) which is ideal for patients, particularly those who may be suffering, or have suffered from advanced stage gum disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is gum inflammation that is called gingivitis in the early stages. It can progress to be periodontal disease which is very serious. At the early stage of gum disease the gums may bleed when you brush your teeth, they may also be red and inflamed, particularly where the tooth meets the gum. The good news is that the disease can be completely reversed at this stage as long as it is diagnosed and treated effectively. If the disease progresses, the bone that supports the teeth becomes affected and the teeth start to loosen and could eventually fall out.
What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease?
So many people don't know they have gum disease. It is actually possible to have it without having any of the symptoms, but usually a person will have at least one of these symptoms:
● Tender gums
● Swollen gums
● Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
● Pockets next to the teeth where the gums have pulled away
● Loose teeth
● Pain when chewing
● Pus or sores between the teeth
● Sensitive teeth
● Smelly breath that stays pungent even after brushing
Some of these symptoms may only occur when the disease has progressed. At the later stages of periodontal disease the teeth and gums tend to be in a very poor state.
What Causes Gum Disease?