What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease affects most people at some time during their life. It is usually caused by a build-up of plaque on our teeth.

Plaque is a collection of millions of bacteria that cause an infection.The body fights this infection and destroys the gum tissue and ultimately the bone that supports your gums. Once the bone is lost you lose your teeth.

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What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

One of the common signs of gum disease is bleeding gums.

  • Swollen gums, toothache, pus extruding from gums, receding gums, bad breath, loose teeth are all other signs of gum disease and gum infection.
  • Gum disease treatment with meticulous cleaning of teeth each day can help prevent gum disease. However it the disease has progressed you need to be seen by us to make sure we can help prevent further destruction.

Causes of Gum Disease

The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. However, factors like the following also affect the health of your gums.

1. Gum Disease due to Smoking/Tobacco Use

Smoking leads to closure of micro blood vessels that transport essential oxygen to tissues so the gum can heal and survive.

Therefore if these blood vessels are closed then there is no nutrients or oxygen reaching the tissues.

This causes the gum tissue to die and ultimately lead to loss of teeth.

2. Genetics

Research proves that up to 30% of the population may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.

3. Pregnancy and Puberty

Changes in hormones during pregnancy can lead to an increased response to bacteria leading to swelling and bleeding of gums.

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