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Periodontal disease is inflammation of the tissues which support teeth and attach them to the jaw.  The disease occurs in 3 stages Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Advanced Periodontitis.

Gingivitis – Plaque and Bacteria cause the gums to become red and swollen and bleed easily.  Small pockets occur where plaque invades the space between the tooth and gum. Good oral care and visits to the hygienist are usually enough to restore healthy gums.

Periodontitis – left untreated the disease spreads below the gum line and inflammation reaches the bone, causing deeper pockets and bone loss.  Treatment at this stage is aimed at preventing further damage.

Advanced Periodontitis – as the bone is destroyed teeth become loose, pockets become deeper and abscesses can occur.  Sometimes the gum shrinks and part of the root is exposed.  Periodontitis may reach the advanced stages without causing pain.

Visit us regularly at Tavistock Drive Dental Care for advice on how to look after your teeth and gums.

0115 9602717  - 1, Tavistock Drive, Mapperley Park. Nottingham NG3 5DU.

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