What is gum
The first tissues to become infected are the gums, leading to a mild form of the condition commonly known as gingivitis. If this is left untreated, the infected tissues would lead to the establishment of a periodontal ‘pocket’ between the gum and the tooth. The bacteria collected here is what can lead to the loss of tissue attachment around the tooth, causing the tooth to become loose, move or ultimately lost. Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults.
Whilst this might sound scary, it’s vitally important to remember that gum disease is highly preventable and easily treatable if caught during its early stages. With more than 45% of adults in the UK affected by gum disease, it can have a significant impact on quality of life and general wellbeing.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and speak to our friendly team with any concerns you may have about the health of your gums.
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