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Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) can be swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. 

There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Gingivitis can be resolved with improved cleaning. 

Gum disease affects the supporting tissues of the teeth and if advanced and untreated can ultimately lead to tooth loss. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. A significant number of adults with suffer from some form of gum disease.

There are conditions that make someone more susceptible to gum disease and to more aggressive types; these include smoking and diabetes.

Tell-tell signs include;

  • Gums that look red, puffy and tend to bleed, especially with brushing
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Regular mouth infections

Your dentist can assist you in the diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of gum disease with the aim to slow down its progression and even stop it all together.

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Last updated: Tuesday 24 April, 2018