Most people suffer from some form of gum disease. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. A recent survey has shown that over 40% of adults have serious gum problems as a result of poor oral hygiene and 8% adults are in danger of losing teeth due to the severity of disease. However gum disease develops very slowly in most people and it can be slowed down to the rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.
All gum disease begins with the deposition of plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth everyday. Many of the bacteria in plaque are harmless, but there are some that are the main cause of gum disease. To prevent and treat gum disease, it is important to remove all plaque from the teeth every day. You can do this by brushing your teeth, and by cleaning in between them with inter-dental brushes and dental floss.
Some people are more prone to periodontal disease than others.
The first thing to do is to visit your dentist for a check-up of your teeth and gums. Dentist at Healthy Roots will measure the 'cuff' of gum around each tooth to see if there is any sign that periodontal disease has started. X-rays may also be needed to see the amount of bone that has been lost. This assessment is very important, so the correct treatment can be prescribed for you.