Periodontal disease will affect the majority of people at some point in their lives. Periodontal disease develops and progresses when the bacterium found in decay and plaque attacks the gum tissue and surrounding bone and ligaments that support healthy tooth structure.
Early stages and symptoms
In its early stages periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis and is often characterised by puffy, swollen or red gums which may bleed when brushing or flossing. Bad breath and a sour taste in the mouth are also common symptoms. Many people remain unaware of this condition, therefore it is important to attend regular check-ups to ensure its early detection and prevention.
Periodontitis is a more serious condition which has been linked to diabetes, stroke and heart disease. This stage of gum disease occurs when the bacteria moves past attacking the soft tissues and gums and begins to attack the surrounding bone and ligaments. If left untreated it can result in recession of the surrounding bone and subsequent tooth loss. Periodontitis is irreversible; however, it can be effectively stopped and treated to prevent it spreading.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, contact our friendly team and arrange a consultation.