When people think about dental health, they often forget about one important aspect – the health of their gums. Gums are an essential element of your dental wellbeing as, when healthy, they fit flush against your teeth providing the majority of the support needed to hold them in place.
In its earliest stages, gum disease (known as gingivitis), is limited to the gums. However, if it is not dealt with and the disease progresses it can spread to the tissue and bone that supports the tooth. When this happens you may find that gaps appear between the tooth and gums, which make it easy for food particles and bacteria to become trapped and make the infection worse. As the tissue and bone begin to deteriorate, teeth may loosen, move around in the jaw and even fall out altogether.
As always, prevention is far better than cure when it comes to your oral health, but if you already have some of the symptoms of periodontal disease there are a number of therapies that our doctors may be able to offer you.