Knowing Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection
Evidence suggests it is probably contagious.
- Because there is always bacteria in your mouth, there is no permanent cure for gum disease. This is why good plaque control is so important.
- Gum disease is a silent disease. People are usually unaware of its progression.
- If left untreated, gum disease is progressive and unpredictable. Regular checks by your dentist and/or periodontist are essential to maintain gum health, because it cannot be monitored by you.
- Once you are susceptible to the destructive effects of plaque then you are always susceptible in the future. But, if your plaque control is of a very high standard and you have regular check-ups with both your general dentist and periodontist, your gum health can be maintained and you will improve the life expectancy of your teeth.
- Specialist treatment can stop the progress of gum disease and return your gums to good health. In some cases, specialist treatment can also regenerate lost bone & ligaments around teeth.
- Even if you have lost teeth or some of your teeth cannot be saved, then dental implants may improve your overall oral condition (once your gum disease is under control).
- Gum health around dental implants needs to be monitored. If you are having any gum problems around your implants (known as peri-implantitis) you need to get them seen to as soon as possible.