It’s inflammation of the gum that can potentially affect the supporting bone and fibres. There are three stages of gum disease:
Stage 1. Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build-up on the gum line.
Stage 2. Periodontitis: The bone that supports your teeth becomes irreversibly damaged.
Stage 3. Advanced Periodontitis: The fibres and bone supporting your teeth become destroyed, which can cause your teeth to loosen and fall out.
It’s the bacteria within plaque that causes gum infection. Plaque is a sticky white film that’s constantly forming on your teeth. Your immune system will try and remove the bacteria by releasing substances that inflame and damage the gums – that’s why daily brushing and flossing is so important. Other factors that can increase your risk of infection include:
Remember to always update your dentist on any health or medication changes.
What you need to be aware of:
Visiting your Health Partners Dentist is the only way to properly treat and remove the infection.
Proper and regular dental care is your best form of defence against gum disease.