Gum, or periodontal diseases rarely cause symptoms. Hence, a lot of people are unaware that they have existing gum disease. In fact, periodontal diseases are prevalent both in developed and developing countries and affect quite a large population.
The serious form of gum disease is called periodontitis. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the supporting structures of the teeth and the surrounding bone. The common signs of periodontal disease include gradual loosening of the teeth; receding gums resulting in longer looking teeth with obvious gaps in between, thus compromising aesthetics; swollen and bleeding gums; bad breath and eventual tooth loss.
There are also increasing evidence that periodontal diseases are associated with systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, just to name a few.
Thus, it is important to ensure that you have no existing gum disease that can lead to compromise oral and systemic health. The earlier it is detected, the better the treatment outcome. iSmile Dentistry is committed to ensure that you have stabilised gum health as we believe healthy gums are the foundation to a beautiful, confident smile.