Gum disease is the swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis, the latter being the more advanced stage of gum disease.
The human mouth can contain millions of bacteria which cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). This can progress to periodontitis when the gums pull away from the teeth forming spaces called pockets. These pockets can harbour more bacteria leading to more inflammation. If not treated, the bones and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. Teeth may become loose and may need to be removed.
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The UK Adult Dental Health Survey of 2009 shows that 45% of the whole UK population has periodontitis. The following groups get more severe gum disease than others:
You may have early gum disease (gingivitis) if:
With severe disease (periodontitis) you may notice that:
We always aim to prevent gum disease in the first place. Our dental hygiene service removes the build up of plaque and calculus that contributes to the onset of gum disease, therefore we recommend regular hygienist appointments.
At Bow Lane Dental we can provide a periodontal assessment to check your pocket depth, recession and gum shape & colour to aid with diagnosis and treatment to prevent tooth loss. This assessment is carried out by our specialist Periodontist.
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