What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks and destroys the tissues that surround and support the teeth. 90% of people will suffer from periodontal disease in their lifetime. In the presence of periodontal disease, the gums and supporting bone are affected to varying degrees.


A diagnosis by your dentist

In most cases, periodontal disease is painless and damage is gradual. Only your dentist can diagnose periodontal disease during regular check-ups. The most common treatments for periodontal disease are: a thorough cleaning under local anaesthetic, bone and gum remodelling, and bone or gum grafting. Afterwards, regular cleaning is required to maintain a stable oral condition.

Did you know?

Numerous studies have shown that when there is bleeding in the oral cavity, bacteria pass into the bloodstream. In some cases, the prolonged and repeated presence of bacteria in the blood can trigger serious problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pneumonia, strokes and pregnancy complications.