It is easy to think that all gum disease is down to poor hygiene, but it’s far from the truth.

It is true that poor hygiene has a part to play but so do genetics and other occurrences such as treatments that cause inflammation in the body, or even stress!

When reading one of our latest specialist periodontal update newsletters, we came across an interesting article that highlighted how important it is to run specialist checks before assuming a resurgence of gum disease, in a patient, is actively due to bacterial cause and poor dental hygiene.

The practitioner who had written the article, had seen a 54-year-old female patient who had a long history of successful periodontal therapy. The patient had returned with what appeared to be a relapse, admitting that oral care had been a low priority for her recently. The patient had a history of smoking and gum disease was once again evident as she had receding and inflamed gums and moderate bleeding on scaling.

When reading one of our latest specialist periodontal update newsletters, we came across an interesting article that highlighted how important it is to run specialist checks before assuming a resurgence of gum disease, in a patient, is actively due to bacterial cause and poor dental hygiene.

The practitioner who had written the article, had seen a 54-year-old female patient who had a long history of successful periodontal therapy. The patient had returned with what appeared to be a relapse, admitting that oral care had been a low priority for her recently. The patient had a history of smoking and gum disease was once again evident as she had receding and inflamed gums and moderate bleeding on scaling.

Oral testing

The patient then revealed that she had been undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Recognising that this could be a major influencer, the practitioner took an oral DNA test and submitted it to ascertain if there were significant bacteria present to warrant antibiotics. When the test came back this was found not to be the case and the patient was treated accordingly. Had the practitioner not undertaken this test, the patient would’ve had yet another treatment they didn’t need, when, the current inflammation was due to what the patient was experiencing in her overall health.

Personalised treatment is so important for patients, that we often run this test and others similar, to ensure that patients are getting the correct treatment for the cause of the problem. At Confident Orthodontics we see periodontal problems caused by all sorts of issues, many of them highly complex.

If you think that you may be suffering from gum disease or have inflamed and/or bleeding gums please give us a call; you can be sure that you will be in safe hands.