Gum disease is often called the silent disease, as the early signs are very easy to miss. However if not treated quickly it can become extremely serious, as it will develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infectious condition that creates inflammation in the gums and surrounding tissues, and it can lead to tissue loss, ligament loss, and even bone loss so it is not something that can be taken lightly. In fact periodontal disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in the world, and while you can have teeth replaced with dental implants in Kent, we’d rather you managed to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.

How Does Gum Disease Cause Tooth Loss?

Gum disease is caused by plaque bacteria that are found in everyone’s mouth being allowed to build up on the teeth and gums. These bacteria use left-over food particles on the teeth for energy, producing toxins as a side effect. These toxins irritate the gums, prompting the body to fight back through producing antibodies. This results in the gums becoming inflamed. If the source of the infection isn’t removed then the irritation and inflammation will continue to build up, and eventually the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth as the infection attacks the gum tissues and the ligaments holding the teeth in place. The final step is for the infection to spread to the bone, destroying it and leaving very little to support the tooth. By this stage there will be little option other than to remove the tooth.

You Don’t Have to Get Gum Disease

In spite of gum disease being so prevalent there is no need for you to get it, as regular dental care and check-ups can help to prevent it. Our dentist in Kent can detect the very early signs of this disease so action can be taken before it presents a significant risk to your teeth. Our dental hygienists can scale and polish your teeth, removing the plaque bacteria so they are unable to create any more inflammation. When combined with good home care this should be sufficient to return your gums to the link of health.

One of the earliest signs of gum disease is noticing your gums bleed when you brush or floss. This is your cue to take action through booking a dental check-up with Parrock Street. You’ll find our opening hours are super convenient, and you can email us for an appointment on  or just give us a call on 01474 537191.