What is Gum Disease?
Gum Disease affects thousands of people all over the world and can lead to a loss of appetite, and a general unwell feeling. It’s severities range from mild inflammation to a serious disease causing problems affecting the bones which support the teeth.
How does it occur?
Gum disease is often triggered by the array of bacteria in our mouths. These bacteria then cause plaque, which when hardens becomes calculus.
It is thus very important to remove any build-up of plaque, through thorough brushing, and visiting a hygienist or dentist on a frequent basis to get professional cleaning.
Gingivitis is the name given to inflation of the gums. A patient has gingivitis when gums are red, swollen or bleed, but does not include loss of bone. It is a mild type of disease but if left can lead to a more serious form called Periodontis.
A more serious form of gum disease is periodontitis. This involves inflammation around the tooth, when the gums separate themselves from the tooth and infection occurs.
Periodontitis can also be caused by other reasons apart from general poor oral health. Causes include smoking, diabetes and medications. There are associations with lifestyle such as obesity. https://www.bsperio.org.uk/periodontal-disease/periodontitis-and-general-health.html
If you are worried that you may have a problem with gum disease, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can provide professional treatment to meet your specific problems.