What are the signs of gum disease?
The signs and symptoms are variable but may include the following:
- Receding gums (getting long in the teeth)
- Loose/Mobile teeth or teeth that have changed position
- Pus or a type of discharge around the gums
- A change in the way the teeth meet
- Perfuse Bleeding on tooth brushing.
- Red, swollen and possible tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth also know as gingival pocketing
At Hereford Dental Clinic we offer a specialist periodontal service to ensure that the best care is provided to our patients. Our specialist is Dr Clifford R. Nissen B.D.S., F.D.S.R.C.P.S., D.R.D.R.C.S.
What is Periodontal or Gum Disease?
Most of us have a less serous form of reversible inflammation called gingivitis from time to time. Those who have the more severe form called periodontitis, are at greater risk of losing teeth as they become loose, fall out or have to be removed by the dentist.
Gum disease is an infection affecting the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. It is caused by plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that forms constantly on all our teeth. Statistics show from the UK adult dental health survey (1998) showed that nearly three quarters (72%) of dentate adults have some visible plaque on their teeth.