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Periodontal disease can affect the gums, bones and other supporting structures of your teeth and can be a major cause of tooth loss in adults. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which occurs when bacteria accumulate around the gum line. The gums become infected resulting in inflamed, sore and possibly bleeding gums. It is important to treat gum disease at this stage before any permanent damage is done.

If left untreated, gingivitis can develop to the next stage and cause destruction of the deeper bone structure – Periodontal Disease. The infection moves deeper into the supporting tissues of your teeth. Eventually the bone will begin to break down and the ligaments supporting the tooth will swell and loosen, causing the tooth to fall out.

Early diagnosis of gum disease is important because it allows the possibility for easier treatment aimed at stopping the procession of the disease. A thorough oral hygiene routine and regular dental checks ups are important preventative measures, along with reducing risk factors such as smoking.
If you have any concerns with the health of your gums, arrange an appointment with our friendly team today.