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What is Gum Disease?

By April 8, 2013 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.

Gum disease is very common. In the UK, it is estimated that half the adult population has some degree of gum disease and most people experience it at least once. It is much less common in children.

If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath.

In severe cases, a condition called periodontitis can develop. It affects the tissues that support teeth and hold them in place. Each year in the UK there are about six cases of severe periodontitis for every 100,000 people.

If periodontitis is not treated, the bone in your jaw can decay and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.

 

Did you know that gum disease isn’t just bad news for your teeth, it’s also linked to serious health problems in other parts of your body?

Gum disease increases your risk of all kinds of other health complications, including stroke,diabetes and heart disease.

 

When to see your dentist

You should make an appointment with us if your gums are painful, inflamed or if they bleed when you brush your teeth.

 

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