Periodontal Disease (often referred to as Gum Disease) damages the gums and limits their ability to protect teeth. This is the greatest cause of tooth loss in adults.
Periodontal Disease is the result of plaque (colourless bacteria that forms on teeth). At its most basic level, Periodontal Disease is an infection of the gum tissue. The small space between the gum and the teeth is called the sulcus, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. An infection of this tissue can cause gums to recede and possibly lead to tooth loss.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease may include;
• Bleeding gums whilst brushing or flossing your teeth
• Pain while chewing
• Red, sore, swollen gums
• Build up of calculus (tartar)
• Bad breath or bad taste
• Loss of teeth
• Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold
• Changes in bite
• Gums that have withdrawn from teeth and in between teeth
Periodontal Disease is a treatable condition. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact us and arrange an appointment. The diagnosis of Periodontal Disease can be made through an oral examination, during which time x-rays may need to be taken and the depth of the gum pockets measured.