Category: Gum (periodontal) disease

Periodontal diseases affect the tissues that support and anchor the teeth.  The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis

Gingivitis causes your gums to become red, inflamed and swollen so that they bleed easily e.g  when touching or brushing your gums.

Periodontitis affects the gums, the periodontal ligament (which attaches your tooth to the bone) and the supporting bone. This can result in more swelling and bleeding of the gums, pain, bad breath and taste with pus coming from the gums or abscesses developing (pyorrhoea). The teeth can start to loosen and move and may fall out.

The risk of developing periodontal disease is increased for

  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • People on certain drugs (eg. some types of anti-epilepsy, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives)
  • Pregnant women
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SDCEP Dental Companion

The Dental Companion, by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP), delivers easy mobile access to SDCEP’s evidence-based guidance via Google Play, iTunes or the web.

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Oral Health Promotion-general dental practice NICE guidelines [NG30]

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This guideline covers how general dental practice teams can convey advice about oral hygiene and the use of fluoride. It also covers diet, smoking, smokeless tobacco and alcohol intake. The recommendations cover: oral health advice given by dentists and dental care professionals how dentists and dental care professionals can adopt a patient-centred approach Go to…

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Prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases in primary care

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Guidance on the Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care was first published in June 2014. The guidance aims to support the dental team in improving and maintaining the periodontal health of their patients. It provides clear and consistent practical evidence-based advice for the delivery of preventive care, including strategies to improve the…

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Dental Recall (CG 19)

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The NICE dental recall clinical guideline helps clinicians assign recall intervals between oral health reviews that are appropriate to the needs of individual patients. Formats: Guideline landing page Web format Quick reference guide (PDF) NICE Guideline (PDF) Full Guideline The recommendations apply to patients of all ages (both dentate and edentulous) receiving primary care from…

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Oral health assessment and review

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This guidance document aims to facilitate the move from a restorative approach to patient care to a preventive and long-term approach that is risk-based and meets the specific needs of individual patients. It also aims to encourage the involvement of patients in managing their own oral health. A  ‘ Guidance in Brief ‘ document incorporates…

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British Dental Health Foundation

The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) is an independent charity (not for profit) dedicated to improving oral health and well-being around the world. The BDHF was established in 1971  and two of its high profile campaigns are:- Mouth Cancer Action Month National Smile Month The founding fathers of the British Dental Health Foundation wished to…

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Adult Oral Health

This report is intended to provide an overview of the main issues affecting adult oral health, to highlight particular areas of concern and to make recommendations for future research and service provision. The most prevalent dental diseases are addressed as are the requirements of certain population groups and factors influencing behaviour towards dental health. There…

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