Saturday, 19 June 2021

Severe gum disease can be linked to serious illnesses

THERE are two forms of periodontal disease, gingivitis and periodontitis.

Most people will exhibit signs of gingivitis at some time in their life. This can be seen as redness or puffiness of the gums or more commonly bleeding on brushing. Gingivitis, if left untreated, can lead on to periodontitis which is the second form of gum disease.

Periodontitis is a destructive infection of the supporting bone and gums of the teeth. It can often be painless and so be quite advanced before it is discovered.

As with most destructive diseases the earlier it is caused the more successful treatment can be.

How can you tell if you have gingivitis or periodontitis? The important things to watch for are:

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