Gum Disease Treatments
If you have noticed bleeding or soreness from the gums, loose teeth, receding gums, or bad breath or taste in the mouth, you may have periodontal (gum) disease.
Periodontal disease occurs when plaque and bacteria underneath the gum line cause chronic inflammation, which over time can lead to loss of gum tissue and bone support around the teeth.
If left untreated, teeth can become sore and mobile, and may eventually be lost.
Gum disease affects the health of your whole body, and has been linked to other health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Treatment for periodontal disease usually involves cleaning underneath the gums and may be done under local anaesthetic. In severe cases, referral to a specialist may be required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Electric toothbrushes can get into places that you may not be able to reach with your manual brush and they may make it easier if you have problems with mobility of your hands. It really is the method not the type of brush.
Yes. Halitosis is an indicator of gum disease. It will improve following treatment of your gums.
Bleeding gums indicates gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Bleeding gums should be checked by the dentist as they may indicate gum disease as well as other medical conditions.