Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults, and many people will experience some form of gum disease in their lifetime, however it develops very slowly. With the right care and treatment, gum disease can be kept at a minimal rate so you should be able to keep most of your teeth for life.
There are two main types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Our team have years of combined knowledge in gum disease prevention and gum treatments, so patients can be confident that they are in the very best hands when it comes to their oral health.
Gingivitis leads to the gums becoming red and swollen, often bleeding when the teeth are being cleaned. Periodontal disease can develop from untreated gingivitis, and there are a number of different types that all affect the tissues that support teeth. In time, the bone that anchors the tooth into the jaw is lost, which makes the tooth loose, and without treatment the tooth may fall out.
As all gum disease is caused by plaque, there are some simple steps patients can take at home in order to keep their risk of developing gum disease to a minimum. Cleaning the surfaces and between the teeth thoroughly every day to remove the plaque, not smoking and getting regular check-ups from the dentist are the best ways to prevent future problems.
At each appointment your dentist will carefully check your mouth for signs of gum disease, removing all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and, if necessary, treating the roots of your teeth to make sure that the last pockets of bacteria are removed. Your dentist will take the time to discuss all your treatment options with you, and answer any questions you may have to help you achieve and maintain optimum oral health.