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Gum disease is the second most common form of adult tooth loss after tooth decay.
Gum disease is very common and is caused by a thin layer of bacteria called plaque which builds up on the teeth.
One of the biggest problems of gum disease is that by the time you notice your gums are puffy, swollen, red or bleeding, gum disease has already taken hold and treatment is required. Click here to see advice.
In the earlier stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis and affects the soft gum tissue. Typically the gums will be sore and puffy and will probably bleed when cleaned or flossed.
If gum disease is left to progress, it can worsen into its more serious state, periodontitis.
This can cause your gums to shrink away from your teeth and the bone supporting your teeth can be destroyed. This means your teeth will become loose and may fall out.
Once the gum disease progresses to periodontitis, it is important to get a specialist periodontist involved to assist with the treatment and prevent you from losing your teeth.
Working with you, we can help to slow down or even stop gum disease from progressing with a good oral healthcare routine and regular professional cleans, this is done by a program of treatment that will be designed for you by our hygienist.
Patients come to see us if you find your gums are swollen, red, puffy, are sore or bleed please call us today on 020 7586 1210 to request an appointment.
Dr Paul Abrahams is the principal dentist at SmileMore and has worked in North London for 21 years providing general and cosmetic dental care.
Dr Paul Abrahams heads up the SmileMore Dental Care team. He qualified at Guys Dental Hospital in 1989, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry since.