We believe that prevention is always better than cure. We recommend therefore all our patients to see their dentist and hygienist on a regular basis. This can help to prevent gum disease entirely. Our understanding of the importance of healthy gums for the overall health of individuals has improved dramatically through some recent studies which have shown a direct co-relation between occurrence of gum disease and
cardiovascular diseases and also dementia.
From a functional point of view, the gums help to anchor the teeth in the jaw, so looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth. Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush them could be a sign of gum disease, also known as gingivitis.
When gingivitis is left untreated it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis, which affects the entire area surrounding the tooth. Eventually this kind of infection can lead to tooth loss and may require invasive procedures to replace the missing tooth. If untreated, Periodontitis will lead to tooth loss.