Gum Care

Gingivitis is a common problem.  It means inflammation of the gums which can lead to bleeding when brushing or flossing. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque (a thick and sticky film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth) and tartar build-up around the roots of the teeth.  This may eventually lead to loss of the bone structure that supports them. If teeth have not been cleaned thoroughly or often enough, gum disease is the invariable result.

Signs of gum (periodontal) disease:

  • Red, swollen, tender, painful or bleeding gums
  • Gums that have shrunk from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Abscesses between teeth and gums
  • The fit of denture has changed and/or
  • Loose teeth; drifting apart of teeth with gaps appearing between teeth