What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a very common condition that affects a large percentage of the population. It is commonly due to an accumulation of plaque and calculus (or tartar) which acts as an irritant leading to inflammation of the gums and bone.
Signs of Gum Disease
Risk Factors of Gum Disease
Stages of Gum Disease
This is the early stage of gum disease when only the gums have been involved. Signs include bleeding and swelling of the gums without damage to the underlying bone.
If gingivitis is not treated early and irritants remain for a prolonged duration inflammation may progress to the bone and result in irreversible bone loss. This can present as gums dropping from teeth, pockets forming between the gums and teeth, loose teeth, changes in position of teeth and pain on chewing.
Since plaque and tartar accumulate on a regular basis, treatment and prevention of gum disease involves a combination of good daily oral hygiene and ongoing, regular professional cleans.
Recommended daily oral hygiene measures:
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