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Gum (Periodontal Disease)

What Is Gum (Periodontal) Disease And What Are The Symptoms?

Gum disease manifests in two main stages. The first stage is known as gingivitis, a treatable and reversible condition. Gingivitis occurs when a build-up of bacteria called plaque begins to attack the gums and surrounding tissues. Gingivitis can be characterised by red, swollen or puffy gums which may cause pain, discomfort and be sensitive towards hot and cold sensations. Bad breath and a sour taste in the mouth can also be common symptoms.

Gum disease’s second, more serious stage is known as periodontitis. This occurs when the infection delves deeper into the gums and begins to attack the bone, ligaments and tissues which support the tooth. In addition to the symptoms above, periodontitis can result in severe pain, bleeding when brushing and flossing, gum recession and tooth loss if left untreated. Although the effects of periodontitis are not reversible, it can be effectively treated to stop any further spreading.

What Happens If Gum Disease Is Left Untreated?

As an extremely common condition, gum disease will affect most people at some point throughout their lives. If left untreated gum disease can begin to affect a person’s overall health and well being as it has been linked to more serious conditions such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

What Should I Do If I Am Experiencing Symptoms Of Gum Disease?

Maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine and regular trips to your dentist are essential to help ensure the prevention of gum disease. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, or feel you may have gum disease contact our friendly team to arrange a consultation.

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