Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is cited by the New Zealand Dental Association as a major cause of tooth loss in our population.

It refers to a number of oral bacterial infections that affect the surrounding and supporting tissues of teeth. This can include surface tissues, deeper tissues of the bone, root surfaces and any ligaments connecting the teeth to the bone.

When plaque build-up hardens into tartar, the gum becomes inflamed, causing progressive bone loss around the tooth. If left untreated, gum disease can cause permanent damage to the supporting tissue. The tooth can subsequently loosen and potentially fall out.

Some of the signs and symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Tooth sensitivity.
  • Receding gums.
  • Abscessed teeth.
  • Bad breath.
  • Bleeding and/or inflamed gums.

Regular dental assessments are important to identify the presence of gum disease and intervene early, as the sooner it is diagnosed, the quicker you can stop its progression by controlling the bacteria.

Prevention is always the best course of action for protecting your teeth from gum disease. Brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly for a dental assessment.

Schedule a dental assessment with Main Street Dental today if you are experiencing any gum disease symptoms. Our dental team are committed to your ongoing dental health.

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Palmerston North, Manawatu 4440, New Zealand

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