Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, attacks the soft tissues, bones and ligaments supporting your teeth and can cause tooth loss in adults.
The bacteria build-up around the gum-line (plaque), can cause infection to occur as it builds up. The first stage of infection, known as gingivitis, is common among adults and children. It attacks the soft tissues of the gums. Symptoms include soreness, inflammation, receding gums and bleeding after brushing. Gingivitis can be managed through a thorough oral hygiene routine.
If gingivitis is not attended to properly it can penetrate deeper into the gums and attack the bone structures that support the teeth. This advanced stage of the disease is called 'periodontitis' where the infection increases in severity. It attacks the supporting bone, ligaments and tissue that secure your teeth, slowly weakening the support and teeth can eventually fall out. This damage cannot be reversed and treatment aims to stop the progress of the disease. The sooner signs of gum disease are diagnosed the more successful treatment will be. Prevention is better than a cure.
Regular six monthly checkups by your dentist are recommended including a professional clean above and beneath the gum line. Complemented by an examination to detect possible problems before they escalate.
If you have sore, irritated gums, come in for an examination by our friendly team to ensure gum disease is stopped in its tracks. Call us on 02 4261 1199 today.