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Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) is a slowly developing disease of the gums and the bones that support the teeth. If you think of our teeth as a row of the picket fence, the ground soil is what’s holding and supporting this fence. Gum disease is like having diseased soil that won’t stand the test of time, gradually causing the fence to fall over, i.e. losing your teeth.

Plaque buildup on your teeth over time constantly challenge your immune system, and bleeding and swollen gums can result. Left untreated, it can lead to loose and infected teeth which can become quite painful and may need to be extracted. Genetics and age play important roles in the development of gum disease. Those who smoke or have systemic health conditions may be more predisposed to developing gum disease. Several studies have also shown links to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.

Gum diseases progress slowly and often painlessly. Bacteria burrow further into the periodontal pockets, causing irreversible damage to the supporting gums and bones. Gum diseases will eventually lead to tooth loss. If you have loose or missing teeth due to gum disease, often other teeth will become overloaded and gradually become loose aswell.

Many people are not aware that they have gum disease. Often we hear them say "but I brush twice a day, and sometimes I even floss"! So what is the missing link? If you think back, most of us have never been taught how to brush properly, we either watch our parents or just make it up as we grow up! No wonder there is a huge variation on how well a person cleans their teeth! Prime Noble Dental, we conduct a comprehensive oral hygiene assessment on every patient to enable us to aid you in having an effective oral hygiene routine at home that works for you.

If you are overdue for a gum health check and want to regain control of your dental health, Please don't hesitate to give us a call or book an appointment today.

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