Gum disease, or gingivitis, is caused by bacteria in the mouth sticking to the surface of the teeth and forming plaque. This plaque releases substances that can cause inflammation of the gums, resulting in a change of colour and texture. One tell-tale symptom of gingivitis is gums which bleed when brushing.
If left untreated, gingivitis gives way to periodontitis, in which the gums and bone that anchor the teeth may start to recede. In more severe cases periodontitis can result in teeth becoming loose and even falling out.
Although there is no cure for periodontal disease, it can be controlled with a thorough and regular daily oral care routine. This should be supplemented by regular visits to the hygienist and dentist.
If you’re concerned about periodontitis, call us on 01793 433381 for an appointment to be assessed
Last Update: December 2019