Many people with gum problems (gingivitis or periodontal disease) are unaware of their condition and dismiss bad breath or bleeding gums to the food they eat or brushing too hard. Gingivitis is reversible inflammation of the gums due to plaque. Periodontal disease occurs when the bone underlying the gum also becomes inflamed and results in the loss of supporting bone around the teeth: it is a major cause of adult tooth loss.
Periodontal disease has been linked to a number of medical conditions and treatment of the disease has been found to reduce the factors linked to these changes. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning by your dentist are important to prevent gum problems. Good home oral hygiene routines are also extremely important to prevent these problems. If gum problems are already present, Dr Rickman can also provide effective and predictable treatment of your specific problem.