Periodontitis (gum disease) does not just affect the gums; it also damages the bone tissue and ligaments surrounding the gums. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth all the time. This is why we need to remove it every day with brushing and cleaning in between the teeth and regular visits to the dentist and hygienist.
Long-standing inflamation of the gums (also known as gingivitis) can turn into gum disease. It is where the gums become inflamed, red and very painful; the swollen gums may bleed when brushing and the inflamation may extend to form a pocket between the tooth and the infected gums. It is the result of poor oral hygiene where the plaque on the teeth has not been effectively removed on a regular basis.
If gum disease is left untreated the teeth can eventually come loose and fall out, a health problem that is the main cause of tooth loss in adults across the UK, it affects approximately 10-15% of the population. Periodontal disease is not curable but treatment and proper management can prevent further harm. Treatment could effectly prevent you from loosing your natural teeth.
Grig has a special interest in the diagnosis and and treatment of this disease. He spent 10 years teaching the correct procedures for treatment, management and after care. If you think you are suffering from gum disease please don’t despair, Grig and his team will take special care to assess your condition and help prevent further decay.