Gum disease (gingivitis) is caused by bacteria in the mouth, which sticks to the surface of the teeth to form plaque. Plaque releases substances that irritate the gums, causing a change in colour and texture that may result in bleeding gums when brushing.
If left untreated, the gums and bone supporting the teeth may start to erode – this is known as periodontitis. In its more severe form, the disease can result in gum pockets and bone recession, causing teeth to become loose and even fall out.
Evidence suggests periodontal bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to major organs. Whilst more research needs to be done, there are associations of periodontal disease with:
- heart disease
- diabetes complications
- preterm birth and low weight baby
At All Saints Dental Clinic, our team can help you to improve your periodontal health using various preventative methods and cleaning techniques. Scaling and careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar is necessary on affected teeth with deep gum pockets. This treatment can have limitations and more complex treatments may be indicated to restore health.
Call Us for all your emergency dental problems Including:
Toothache – Swelling – Dental crown falling off – Knocked out tooth – Fractured tooth – Loose teeth
Trauma to teeth – Chipped teeth – Loose fillings – Wisdom tooth pain – Infection