WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease is more correctly termed periodontal disease and describes a range of conditions that affect the supporting tissues of the teeth
- These tissues comprise:
- The gum or Gingiva
- The Bone
- The root surface and
- The periodontal ligament which connects the tooth to bone
ARE GUMS THAT BLEED NORMAL?
Bleeding gums are common but not healthy. Are bleeding finger tips normal?
Bleeding is often an indication that the gums are inflamed.
WHAT CAUSES PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal disease is caused by Bacteria
Bacteria form Plaque which is a sticky film that forms on your teeth, particularly around the gum line. Other bacteria thrive deep in the gap between the gum and the tooth (the ‘pocket’)
Some people are genetically much more at risk of developing periodontal disease and may also be genetically at greater risk of developing other diseases including Cardio-Vascular Disease, Osteoporosis and Diabetes
Contributing factors include:
- Conditions such as diabetes, stress, Pregnancy