Prospect Street Dental is proud to announce that our associate dentist, Josephine Bayliss-Chapman has won the research poster prize competition at the British Society of Periodontology (BSP) conference in Edinburgh this month.
To get her hands on this annual prize Josephine researched “How heritable are periodontal diseases?”, or how likely are you to inherit gum disease.
Josephine’s study concluded that about a third of the risk of developing both gingivitis and periodontitis is due to genetics. This risk only increases when twins are considered into the study.
The BSP is a well established dental society involved in research, education and debate, working hard to raise awareness of periodontology, or gum disease, with the public, patients, dental and medical professionals.
Josephine is currently studying her Doctorate in Periodontology at Queen Mary, University of London and is in her second year of training. She also works at Prospect Street looking after patients and making sure gums are healthy.
How To Recognise Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins with inflammation of the gums and can be hard to spot. One of the first signs you may spot is bleeding from the gums when you brush your teeth.
If this is then left untreated there may be increased bleeding from your gums, which may even be started simply by eating, bad breath, changes in teeth positioning, lengthening of the teeth or gum recession, and there could even be pain.
If you’re unsure your dentist will be able to help.
How To Protect Against Gum Disease?
Luckily protecting against gum disease is relatively simple you just need to brush your teeth twice daily and floss once, either using dental floss or an interdental brush. Both of which can be purchased on your next dentist visit or in all good chemists.
Regular visits to both your dentist and hygienist will also help protect against the build up of plaque and therefore keep your teeth and gums healthier.
How To Treat Gum Disease?
Treating gum disease depends on the stage the disease has got to. Usually with a professional clean and establishing good oral hygiene practices it can be completely halted. Sometimes however more is needed to stop the disease and save your teeth.