Gum Disease (Periodontics)
Do you suffer from red, tender or bleeding gums?
Are you embarrassed by bad breath?
Do you have a bad taste in your mouth or feel your teeth loosening?
Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums. When advanced, it can cause serious damage to the teeth and gums and destruction of the bone that supports the teeth.
Signs of this disease include red, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, bad taste and sometimes some loosening of teeth. Often this can progress without direct symptoms, which is why patients sometimes do not realise they have any problems until they attend for a dental examination. In the majority of cases, gum disease can be arrested with appropriate care from our hygiene team, but it becomes more difficult and less predictable, the more advanced it is.
A relationship between periodontal disease and smoking, diabetes and cardiovascular health has been established. Identifying risk factors is critical in managing the condition.
Sometimes we need to make an appropriate referral to a specialist periodontist to bring the condition under control and this will be discussed with you in detail.
Call us today for more information about periodontics (gum disease) or to make an appointment.
- Red, tender or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Bad taste
- Loosening of teeth