Do you have bad breath? Bleeding gums? Tender, swollen, red gums? Chances are you have GINGIVITIS.
Gingivitis is caused by the build-up of plaque on our teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colourless bacterial biofilm that accumulates around the gum line (where the tooth and the gum meet) and between the teeth. Bacteria within plaque digest the sugars we consume and convert it into acid. The acid by product break down our teeth and can also cause gum disease (Gingivitis). Luckily, Gingivitis is reversible. Your dental hygienist can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and introduce you to a range of oral products that will help you fight against gum disease.
If you ignore the signs of gingivitis, it can progress to periodontitis (bone loss). Our teeth are encased in bone. Gum disease results in the gums being pulled away from the teeth, creating small pockets. Bacteria can accumulate in the pockets and weaken the bone supporting our teeth. Bone loss can result in tooth mobility and eventual loss of teeth. Unlike gum disease, periodontitis is not reversible. Book an appointment with our periodontist (specialist in the treatment and management of gum disease) to discuss treatment options for you.