Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the UK. It is caused when plaque is allowed to build-up on the surface of teeth. If left to develop this will eventually form tartar, which can lead to damage of the gums. Gum disease can cause sensitivity, infection, severe pain and bone erosion.
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An effective oral hygiene routine can help keep gum disease at bay, though you may experience signs of it at some point. Understanding early warning signs will enable you take action before the problem is allowed to develop. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may need treatment. We strongly advise talking to one of our dentists as soon as possible.
Gum disease can be treated in a number of different ways depending on how advanced the condition is. Your dentist will carry out a detailed examination (including x-rays if necessary) before talking through any treatment with you. The effects of gum disease can be repaired but this shouldn’t deter you from seeking advice and treatment if you experience any symptoms.
The periodontal team at The Crescent includes Dr Amy Swales (Associate Dentist - GDC No. 153578). Amy has over 12 years experience and provides general dentistry with an emphasis on patient education and prevention.
The Crescent dental practice is monitored and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and all our dental team are members of the General Dental Council (GDC), so you can rest assured you are in safe hands with our team.