Bleeding, when brushing or flossing your teeth, is often the earliest and most common sign of gingivitis—it is important to see your dentist for advice and management. Gingivitis is reversible if treated or by improved brushing and flossing techniques.
If gingivitis is left untreated, you will probably develop a later stage of gum disease, with loss of some of the bone that supports the teeth — this is known as ‘Periodontal Disease’.
Periodontal disease is irreversible, it is a silent disease and often progresses painlessly. It needs to be diagnosed early and requires life- long maintenance.
Patients can lose perfectly good teeth with no fillings as a consequence of severe gum disease. So, looking after the gums is as important as looking after your teeth.