Gum disease describes inflammation or infection of the tissue supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Gingivitis means the inflammation of the gums. This is when the gum around the teeth become very red and swollen, showing that the area is inflamed. Often this swollen gum bleeds when it is brushed during cleaning.
Long-standing gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease. There are a number of forms of periodontal disease and they all affect the supporting structures of the teeth. As the disease progresses the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth lose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.
At Greencroft we aim for early detection and diagnosis. This allows us to tailor your treatment to your needs. This may involve a simple scale and polish or more thorough “deep” cleaning and regular visits with our Hygienist.