Gum (Periodontal) Disease

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Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Gum disease is an inflammatory disease affecting the gums and all the supporting structures around our teeth. It starts as a condition called ‘Gingivitis’ which is usually responds well to treatment and is preventable with good daily dental hygiene (click here to learn about our Oral Hygiene program). The more serious and damaging form of gum disease is called ‘Periodontal Disease’.

Gingivitis

Mild gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, and it occurs when dental plaque is allowed to build up around the gum line. The gums become red, slightly puffy and tend to bleed easily, especially during tooth brushing. Once the plaque and calculus/tartar are removed from the area and the teeth and gum lines are kept clean by thorough daily brushing and flossing, the gingivitis will entirely disappear, usually within a week or so.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is the progression of the inflammation from the gums into the bone that holds the teeth in their sockets. The inflammation effectively eats the bone away from around the teeth until there's little bone left to hold the teeth in place. Plaque and tartar start to accumulate under the gums, in areas called pockets. These are impossible to clean with toothbrush or floss, and require regular deep cleanings called ‘scaling’ to remove the plaque and tartar.

Periodontal disease is the number one reason why adults lose their teeth, and yet an individual can have quite advanced periodontal disease without really being aware of it, because it doesn’t usually hurt.

Areas of tooth decay can often be repaired and filled, whereas once the bony support for your teeth is gone, it's a permanent thing: it’s a very difficult thing to grow that bone back.

 

 

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