Gum Disease in Hatfield
Healthy gums are just as important as having healthy teeth.
Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) is often called the silent disease and not many people are aware they have it. The majority of patients only become aware of their symptoms once the disease is advanced.
The two main stages of Gum Disease are Gingivitis and Periodontitis:
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is a reversible inflammation of the gums mainly caused by plaque irritation. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Change in gum colour from pale pink to deep redness
- Round swollen gum margin instead of thin ‘knife-edge’
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
If left untreated, Gingivitis can progress into Periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease affecting the supporting structure of the tooth. Progress of untreated Gingivitis can result in destruction of periodontal ligaments that attach the tooth to the gum. This leads to development of periodontal or gingival pockets that plaque and tartar further accumulate. If still left untreated, the bone that holds the tooth in place will also be gradually destroyed resulting in tooth loss.
By recognising the early signs of gum disease and maintaining good dental hygiene practises, you can give your gums a new lease on life.
Latest technology for the treatment of gum disease
At Distinctly Dental we are very proud to have the specialist Waterlaser which has many uses and is extremely effective in treating gum disease. Read more about laser dentistry here.