Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects most people at some stage in their life.
The 2 stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Common signs of gum disease are red, puffy or bleeding gums.
Gingivitis is inflammation that affects the gums only. Poor cleaning and plaque causes the gums to become red, swollen and tender. The gums bleed easily when you brush. Gingivitis is reversible, however, if it is not treated, it may lead to the more serious condition of periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a severe and irreversible form of gum disease. Periodontitis causes a deep inflammation of the gums that affects the bone holding the teeth in place. If left untreated the bone continues to be lost and eventually the teeth loosen and may be lost.
At St Agnes Dental, our dentists, together with our highly trained hygienists, are very experienced in identifying and treating all forms of gum disease. We are continually upgrading our knowledge and skills to offer the latest treatment and advice.