Between your teeth and gums there is a small “V” shaped space known as the sulcus. Gum disease is an infection that affects this space and causes the breakdown of the tissues that support your teeth.
If the infection only affects your gums, it is called gingivitis, however if the infection is affecting the tooth root ligaments and connective tissues, it is referred to as periodontitis.
Gingivitis is characterised by inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria, made noticeable by red, swollen and bleeding gums. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is the major cause of tooth loss in adults Periodontal disease often progresses slowly without pain over a long period of time. The longer it goes undetected and uncontrolled, the more damage it causes to gums and other supporting tissues.
Your oral hygiene plays an integral role in your overall health. Gum disease has also been linked to other serious health problems including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.
Incorporating regular oral health checks as part of your continuing healthcare and adopting a simple yet regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day, will help to prevent the development of gum disease and help keep your natural teeth for life.
Adhering to a philosophy of early detection and minimal intervention, is the primary objective of preventive dentistry. By detecting potential problems in their very early stages, our team can help you avoid the need for more extensive procedures, which would be highly probable if problems were left unchecked.