Gum disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bones around the teeth and is the most common reason for tooth loss. It is estimated to impact more than half of adult in the UK. Gums become red, swollen and bleed in the presence of the bacteria in dental plaque. Many people have gum disease which has never been diagnosed or treated. What’s more, gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease and can affect mother and baby during pregnancy.
The symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease include:
Whilst plaque is the main cause of gum disease, some people are more susceptible than others.
The most important thing to do is to attend regular check-ups with your dentist. We recommend all our patients to see our hygienist to help maintain meticulous plaque control and avoid developing gum disease. Patients are also encouraged to see our in-house oral health educators who can help refine your brushing technique to ensure you maintain optimum oral hygiene.
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