Periodontics and treating gum disease at Chelsea Dental Spa, London
Periodontal disease, often referred to as ‘gum’ disease, is a disease of the gums that results in the gradual and progressive destruction of the tissues which support the teeth. Affecting around 70% of the population, it is caused by bacteria in plaque at the gum line and if left untreated, can lead to loosening of the teeth or even tooth loss.
Symptoms may include bleeding gums, bad breath (halitosis), or recurrent infections in the mouth. Some patients are more susceptible to the disease than others. Several factors, including smoking, pregnancy, stress, medication, diabetes and poor nutrition, may affect the progression of the disease. Additionally, we see patients with few of the causative factors who still have advanced disease and this is why regular follow-up visits with the dentist and the dental hygienist are so important.