Gum (Periodontal) Treatment

Throughout its early stages periodontal disease is known as gingivitis and is a reversible condition. Gingivitis is cause by a plaque build-up around your tooth and gum line, which then begins to attack supporting tissues. Symptoms can include a sour taste in the mouth, bad breath, red or swollen gums and bleeding from the gum line. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance into periodontitus as bacteria delves deeper into the gums and attacks surrounding ligaments and bone. This later stage cannot be reversed, however it can be effectively treated to stop and spreading.

Periodontitus is the most prominent cause of tooth loss among adults[1]. Gum disease is extremely common and almost everyone experiences it at some stage throughout their lifetime. The most effective way to combat periodontal disease is through an effective oral hygiene routine and system of regular check-ups so we can stop it before it starts.

If you are experience any of these symptoms, are concerned about your gums or just to arrange a check our friendly team to arrange a consultation.

[1] American Academy of Periodontology, How to Keep a Healthy Smile for Life, accessed on June 2011, http://www.perio.org/consumer/smileforlife.htm

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