One of the leading causes of tooth loss in Singapore and around the world is gum disease. Many people experience gum disease and don’t even know it. It is mainly when they experience swelling or sharp pain do they rush to the periodontist.
But what causes gum disease in the first place?
Well, bacteria can accumulate in those hard to reach places where the toothbrush doesn’t easily reach. For instance in the gum or between teeth. As the bacteria develop and grow in number they cause all disease to the gum and teeth.
However, a good way to prevent tooth loss is by catching gum disease early in its development. This is why it is important to pay your periodontist in Singapore a visit.
Who is a periodontist?
This is a doctor or dentist who deals with the diagnoses, prevention, and treatment of various periodontal diseases. They can also provide tooth implants. Furthermore, these doctors will also treat oral inflammations.
The periodontist is a highly trained dentist who undergoes further training after dental school.
This makes them the ideal doctor when you are experiencing severe gum disease. The patient can receive various treatments such as root planning, scaling, or removal of damaged tissue known as root surface debridement.
After visiting the periodontist they will conduct a full medical evaluation. They will look into your medical history and ask if you are currently using any medication. This is because it is crucial before you receive any type of treatment that the doctor is aware of previous medical conditions that could affect the treatment procedure. Examples are diabetes, pregnancy or heart disease.
Moreover, the periodontist will perform several evaluations which include:
- Checking for gum line recession
- Checking how well the teeth fit together
- Checking for any loose teeth
- Depth of periodontal pockets
When should I see a periodontist?
Plenty of people experience gum disease. But this in itself doesn’t mean that you need to see a periodontist. A dentist in many instances will be able to treat the problem. You can visit the periodontist however if you notice the following:
Changes in your bite
If you start to notice changes with your bite, talking or even your chewing, then you must see a periodontist. They will evaluate you and diagnose the problem. They can then offer treatment. If you didn’t get the right diagnosis or treatment on time, then chances are your situation would get worse.
One of the main causes of loose teeth is gum disease and underlying bone damage. If you realize that your teeth are shaky then it is crucial to schedule an appointment with your periodontist immediately. Sometimes you might even think it is your imagination but even so, it’s important to have your gum and teeth examined to prevent any serious issues from developing.
A problem with a single tooth could result in pain. However if your notice that you are experiencing pain around the gums and it’s not just a single tooth, then this is a sign that you could have periodontal disease. In this case, seeing a periodontist will determine the cause of the pain and provide treatment before the situation gets worse.
When brushing your teeth, you may notice sensitivity as the lower part of your teeth is exposed. This is caused by a receding gum which is a result of periodontal disease. Furthermore, you may even notice that your teeth appear longer due to gum recession. At this point, it is crucial to book an appointment with a periodontist.
Red and swollen gums
This is perhaps the easiest telltale sign that you need the services of a periodontist. Red and swollen gums often accompany bleeding during flossing or brushing. A quick visit to the periodontist will inform you of the situation as you receive treatment.
This will help prevent the situation from escalating into something larger or worse.
Sometimes you may notice that even after brushing your teeth, you still have bad breath. This is caused by bacteria that coats the teeth. Such bacterial may not be destroyed by toothpaste. In such instances, this could also be a sign of periodontal disease and so it is important to seek the services of a periodontist.
Choosing a periodontist in Singapore
There are many periodontists in Singapore. However, the best will come with plenty of years of experience. They can thus diagnose and treat a condition all while mitigating risks such as infection. A doctor such as Dr Marlene Teo can help treat gum disease and help improve your quality of life.
Periodontal disease is more common than most people think. As soon as you realize swelling, pain, tooth loosening or persistent bad breath, it is a good idea to book an appointment with a periodontist and to have the issue diagnosed and treated.
Dr Marlene Teo
360 Orchard Rd, #03-06/07 next to Lido,
International Building, Singapore 238869
+65 8588 9868