Do You have Bleeding or Receding Gums, Bad Breathe or Loose Teeth?
If you have experienced any of these symptoms you may be suffering from gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
If you suspect you have the onset of gum disease or have been diagnosed with either bleeding gums (gingivitis) or gum disease (periodontal disease), call us on 07 3357 4177 to discuss preventative strategies and treatment options without gum surgery.
What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease)? How does it develop?
Periodontal disease is a contagious, chronic bacterial infection that affects the gum tissue, bone and attachment fibres that support the teeth and hold them in place. Gum disease starts slowly without any pain and may not be apparent until there are serious side effects.
Over time, a build-up of plaque bacteria (white, sticky substance) collects at the gum line, eventually hardening on the teeth into calcium deposits called calculus or tartar. Brushing and flossing cannot remove hardened plaque. If the tartar isn’t removed with a professional scaling, the bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), penetrate the gum line and finally spread into the underlying bone (periodontitis).
If left untreated, gum disease can result in abscesses or the complete destruction of the tooth’s supporting tissues and, ultimately, tooth loss.
Signs and symptoms
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Deep pockets (the space between the gums and the teeth)
- Metallic taste
- Tooth sensitivity for no apparent reason
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Pus around gums and teeth
- Chronic bad breath
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