Gum disease is often accompanied by soreness, swelling or infection of the tissues that support the teeth. The two forms of gum disease are – gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is what we call inflammation of the gums. When this happens the gums around your teeth will become red and swollen. The swollen gums may bleed when you brush your teeth.
Periodontal Disease: If you have gingivitis for a long time, and it is untreated, then this may progress to periodontal disease. There are different kinds of periodontal disease that will affect the tissues supporting the teeth. When the disease gets worse, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw will start to be lost which in turn will make teeth loose. If left untreated then your teeth will eventually fall out or require to be taken out.
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Gum disease is usually caused by plaque that builds up on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that has bacteria in it and if left untreated, it will coat the teeth and give rise to gum disease
Some bacteria in plaque may not cause any harm but others are harmful to gum health. If plaque is not removed from the teeth through brushing and hygienist treatment it may build up and cause gum irritation leading to swelling, bleeding and soreness.
Receding gums occur when the gums are being pulled away from a tooth, exposing the root of the tooth. Your gum tissue does not regenerate in the same way as other tissues do. For this reason, receding gums will not grow back.
You can prevent gum recession by taking proper care of your mouth and teeth. Brush and floss teeth daily and see your periodontist once every six months to maintain good oral health. If you already have gum recession, your dentist may ask you to see more often.