Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.
If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.
If gingivitis isn't treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop.
This affects more tissues that support teeth and hold them in place.
If periodontitis isn't treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.
The best way to treat gum disease is to practise good oral hygiene, although additional dental and medical treatments are sometimes necessary.
Why do I need to see a periodontist?
Your dentist will have referred you to a periodontist if they believe you have gum disease that requires treatment.
You may also require implant placement. A periodontist is a specialist who diagnoses, prevents and treats gum disease
and has the expertise to provide treatment to help you keep your teeth for the long-term.
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