Periodontics is the part of dentistry that diagnoses and treats problems affecting the supporting tissues (gums and bone) around the roots of your teeth or implants.
Periodontal disease is usually pain-free (sometimes called ‘the silent dental disease’) and so you may be unaware of it.
Here are some ‘red flags’ symptoms you may notice that should raise concerns
- Bleeding gums when brushing or using floss /interdental brushes
- Spaces appearing between teeth
- Loose teeth or teeth moving position in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drink
Treatments for gum problems are wide-ranging and dependant on each individual case. Gingivitis treatment for bleeding gums involves undergoing professional cleaning treatment, followed by tailored advice on how to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine at home.
Who can Get Gum Disease?
Most people can get mild gum disease, but some people are susceptible to more aggressive forms. Gingivitis if left untreated can then go onto develop into Periodontitis and subsequent loss of teeth
Risk Factors for developing gum disease
Other potential factors include
- Poor oral hygiene
Certain medications including some blood pressure medications