Gum Health Checks
Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is caused by bacteria collecting at the gum line in the form of dental plaque. The plaque needs to be removed by brushing and cleaning between the teeth twice a day. If not properly cleaned, the gum starts to become inflamed and swollen - eventually coming away from the tooth, forming pockets and allowing plaque to grow below the gum line. Over time, the bone that supports the teeth is destroyed and your gums shrink, eventually making your teeth wobbly and causing them to fall out.
Periodontal disease is usually pain-free (it is sometimes called ‘the silent disease’) so you may be unaware of it until your dentist or hygienist checks for it.