Gum Disease

Screening for gum disease forms an integral part of any routine dental examination. If you have gum disease you might have some or all of these symptoms: swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease. At Beckenham Dental Care our team is trained to treat gum disease and help you to prevent it.

What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums due to excessive plaque build-up. The gums around the teeth become very red, swollen and bleed when they are brushed.

What is periodontal disease?
Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.

What is the cause of gum disease?
All gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day with brushing and flossing.

What happens if gum disease is not treated?
If untreated you can suffer from gum abscesses, and pus may ooze from around the teeth. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. The longer the disease is left untreated, the more difficult treatment can become.

Are you worried that you might have gum disease? Book an appointment today so our team can give you the necessary care.