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Many people are unaware of the fact that most of us have some form of gum disease, and that it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the rate at which the diseasedevelops varies for each person and can be slowed down to a rate that should allow you to preserve and keep most of your teeth for life.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease, which occurs when gum disease (gingivitis) is left untreated.
Inflammation around the tooth causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming spaces called pockets,which become infected.
The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If left untreated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth start to disintegrate. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed and replaced with dentures or dental implants which can also be costly.
How does it affect your general health?
Recent studies suggest gum disease may contribute to or be a warning sign of potentially life threatening conditions such as the following:
Main causes of periodontal disease include:
What can I do to prevent this?
Unfortunately, not everyone can prevent gum disease from happening; however, makinghealth and lifestyle changes should helpdecrease the risk, severity and speed of gum disease.
Who can I talk to about it?
If you have poor general health or think that you may have the onset of gum disease, give the team a call or pop into the practice and we can advise you on the best treatment available for you. Alternatively you can call the Dental Health helpline on 0845 063 1188.