Gum Disease is alarmingly common, with an estimated 8 out of 10 people displaying symptoms of varying severity. Gum disease occurs when the gum tissue becomes infected and it is the leading cause of natural tooth loss in adult patients. Symptoms include:
When plaque builds up on your teeth and is not removed, tartar will form around and under the gum line, causing infection and the formation of periodontal pockets that collect even more bacteria. As the condition progresses, your teeth can loosen and even fall out.
Good oral hygiene practices, like those below, can prevent the onset of gingivitis and help to control symptoms until you can schedule a dental appointment.
Seeing your Southlands Smile Clinic dentist for preventive dentistry services will also help prevent the onset of Gum Disease. Your smile will thank you for it!