Gum Disease

Periodontal or gum disease has been called the silent disease because initially there are no symptoms. If your gums are red, feel tender or look swollen ... these are symptoms of gum disease. If your mouth tastes unpleasant... that’s another symptom. Receding gums and bone and tooth loss are an end result. Also gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular and other systemic diseases.



Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease are in fact different stages of the same degenerative process of the inflammation and infection of the gum and surrounding tissues, including the bone. The process is caused by the accumulation of plaque around and between the teeth. The plaque that causes this problem can be hardened through a mineralisation process caused by saliva in the mouth and when this occurs the plaque turns into calculus/scale.



It is very important to diagnose early signs of gingivitis and stop the process early. The first sign is usually blood on the toothbrush or in the rinsing water. Keep in mind that healthy gums don’t bleed.



Together we can prevent and treat gum disease. Treatment of gum disease is usually carried out by debridement to the teeth and root surfaces by the dentist over one or more appointments.



Brush, floss and keep regular preventive and maintenance appointments.



The animation demonstrates how gum disease affects teeth.


 

 

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