All of our dental professionals work closely with our patients to try to prevent the development of gum disease, since healthy gums are so integral to overall oral health. Where gum disease does develop, it is important that it is treated swiftly and thoroughly to prevent long-term damage and to negate its effects.
What is it?
Gum disease comes in two forms: gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, which you may experience as swelling and soreness often accompanied by bleeding when brushing. If gingivitis is not treated, it can develop into periodontal disease, which can ultimately progress until it affects the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw, leading to tooth loss.
Caused by the build-up of some types of bacteria within plaque, gum disease is largely preventable and treatable with thorough dental hygiene (both at home and through regular dental hygiene – or ‘scale-and-polish’ – appointments). Contact Us
If you have noticed blood when brushing your teeth, or are concerned that you may develop gum disease, contact us today to discuss how we can help you to keep your mouth healthy and maintain a beautiful smile.