Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK. Some people (we believe around 20% of the population) are more susceptible to gum disease than others, due to an over-reaction of their immune system to the bacteria in dental plaque, however anyone can get gum disease. Over time, this reaction starts to break down the gums and bone around teeth, which can cause tooth mobility and tooth loss. This process can be happening without us knowing as we usually don’t feel the effects of gum disease, and is why regular check up and hygiene visits are essential in spotting and preventing the disease.
To stop gum disease we must remove the plaque that is causing the reaction. For those who do have gum disease it is important to understand that the disease can’t be cured, but can be treated. The aim of treatment is to stop the process, and control the disease.
While the dentist and hygienists play an important role in treating gum disease, the most important person in controlling the disease is you, by maintaining excellent oral hygiene and plaque control. Only with yourself, the dentist, and the hygienist working together can the disease be effectively treated.