It is easier if we divide things up into healthy gums, gingivitis and periodontitis. Whilst this is the progression that gum disease takes, it is important to understand that all three can exist in different parts of a single mouth and gingivitis is often superimposed when periodontitis is present.
The features of healthy gums are:
Pink, firm stippling, healthy gum margin – a sulcus of 1-2mm (the groove between the gum and the tooth), no bleeding on brushing or gentle probing.
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis are:
Reversible/ visible plaque, bad breath, supra-gingival calculus, bone support unaffected, swollen/ inflamed gums, red sore gums, bleeding on brushing and gentle probing, largely aerobic bacteria (grow best in the presence of air).
Signs and symptoms of periodontitis are:
Features of gingivitis except loss of support for the tooth (ligament and bone) has occurredPocket formation- a space next to the tooth of over 4mm, gingival recession (not from toothbrush abrasion), sub-gingival calculus, tooth mobility (later)- loose teeth, or movement of teeth and a change in the way your teeth come together, tooth loss, largely irreversible, largely aerobic bacteria (grow best with out air).
One of the main reasons why individuals suffer from gum disease is plaque buildup, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly builds up, on and in between, your teeth. If left unchecked, plaque will irritate the gums leading to redness and soreness. If allowed to continue, gum disease can cause serious problems. The gum may start to come away from the tooth, creating ‘pockets’ around it where even more plaque can grow. Over time, these pockets deepen, gums continue to recede and teeth can become loose.
Another main reason why gums weaken and bleed is through mal-nutrition. As a practitioner, in line with the gum disease, I normally see connective tissue weakness in other systems and organs in their body. Mal-nutrition is usually caused from poor eating choices or a digestive system that does not work properly. To strengthen this thought, it is common to see pregnant woman with gum weaken, gingivitis, loose teeth. We also see anemia(low iron) in pregnancy, as common place, as well. So when our nutritional intake needs to feed two individuals, one can see the Mal-nutrition is the key reason to many health issues including gum disease.
To treat the cause of weak and bleeding gums, I offer a Wellness Program that includes eating correctly, exercise and hydration, along with a customised blend of powders presented in a mix that covers your specific health fingerprint.
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