Advanced gum treatment
Gum disease can be thought of in two groups.
The first is gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis affects 80 per cent of adults and some 50 per cent of teenagers in the UK. It is a reversible condition and in most cases can be managed by improving your home hygiene regime with help from your dentist and hygienist.
The second is periodontitis, which affects the supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontitis is a major cause of tooth loss in adults and can get worse without appropriate treatment.
This advanced gum disease affects approximately 10 per cent of the population, so it is relatively common, although its severity varies among individuals. Unfortunately most people do not know they have periodontitis until it has reached an advanced stage and the supporting tissues around the teeth are seriously compromised.