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Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, attacks the soft tissues, bones and ligaments supporting your teeth and can cause tooth loss in adults. Let’s look at the stages of gum disease.

The First Stage: Gingivitis

Illustration of the stages of gum diseaseThe bacteria buildup 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.

Advanced Stage: Periodontitis

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.

The Importance of Routine Check-ups

Regular six-monthly check-ups by your dentist are recommended, including a professional clean above and beneath the gum line. This should be complemented by an examination to detect possible problems before they escalate.

Book an Appointment

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 our Dapto dental office on (02) 4261-1199 today.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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