You may not realise that persistent sore, swollen, red or bleeding gums as well as tooth pain or sensitivity and bad breath are warning signs of periodontal disease (gum disease).
Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed. In the mildest form of the disease, gingivitis, the gums redden, swell and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis which can eventually lead to the tissues and bone that support the teeth being broken down and destroyed.
Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.
If you have bleeding gums, please contact dentArtistry and catch the problem as soon as possible. Don’t forget you can make a reservation online today.
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