Gum Disease

Gum disease (or Periodontitis) is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

It is very important that it is treated as soon as possible as it can lead to more serious issues.

Alongside regular check-ups, a good daily oral care routine and knowledge of the symptoms, we work with you to keep your oral health in tip top shape and catch gum disease early.

With serious issues, such as gum disease, we hope to identify warning signs early to help prevent these getting worse. If left untreated, gum disease can be pretty unpleasant. Issues can include deeper spaces in between your teeth and gums which allow more bacteria to collect, bone loss and loose, or loss of, teeth.

Scary stuff, right? We agree. That is why we encourage our patients to pay attention to any changes in their oral health and visit the dentist if they are worried.

If you are regularly getting bleeding gums when brushing, blood in your mouth for no reason, bad breath or space between your teeth, then we recommend you come and see your Dentist and mention these symptoms. They will be able to screen for gum disease and discuss your concerns.

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Frequently asked questions

What are gum disease symptoms that I should be looking out for?
  • Bleeding gums when brushing
  • Blood in your mouth for no reason
  • Spaces between your teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Teeth that feel loose or have moved
  • Recurrent infections in your mouth
How can I treat gum disease?
A good oral health routine that involves brushing, flossing and regular check-ups is a great way to know about your teeth and spot any early signs that need following up.
Gum disease is often not caught until it has become serious, which can often be too late to prevent tooth loss.
What causes gum disease?

The human mouth contains a huge number of bacteria. The action of brushing your teeth and cleaning between them reduces the number of bacteria in our mouth, which is why regular brushing and cleaning is so important.

If this is not completed frequently and/or well then the bacteria continues to multiply and helps to form dental plaque.  Left in place, this causes inflammation of the gums and can also harden to form tartar (calculus). 

Over a long period of time inflammation can lead to the junction between the tooth and the gum opening up, loss of the bone supporting the teeth, bleeding and painful gums, and ultimately tooth loss.  That’s why it’s important to visit your dentist regularly and to maintain good oral care at home.

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