Gum disease is the leading cause of premature adult tooth loss in the UK and it affects thousands of people each year. The good news is that gum disease is preventable and we are on hand to do everything we can to keep gum disease at bay and offer advice and support to help you to enjoy good oral health.
We offer preventative treatment for gum disease, as well as intensive treatment for those who already have signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. We have an expert team of dentists, dental nurses and dental hygienists and we promise to do everything we can to keep your teeth and gums in order.
About gum disease
Gum disease is an oral health condition that occurs when harmful bacteria produce strong acids that irritate the gums. These acids are known as plaque acids and they also contribute to acid erosion and decay. Plaque forms when bacteria and saliva join forces with food debris. It is a sticky film that clings to the tooth surfaces and gums. Other signs of gum disease include sore, tender and red gums and bleeding when you brush your teeth.
There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease, which is also known as periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, which can usually be treated effectively with oral hygiene sessions and good oral hygiene at home.
What happens when you don’t treat gum disease?
If you don’t treat gum disease, it progresses and will eventually cause irreversible damage. Gingivitis is usually fairly straightforward to treat. However, if it remains untreated, it can develop into periodontal disease. This advanced form of gum disease causes permanent damage to the alveolar bone, which supports the teeth and gums. As a result, pockets form between the teeth and the gums and eventually, the teeth become loose in their sockets and fall out.
If you think you may have gum disease, it’s always best to get checked out sooner rather than later. Call now and book an appointment.