Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gums that attacks the bone the teeth are attached to.
Around 70% of people in the UK have periodontal disease, with around 10% losing their teeth if they don’t receive the right treatment in time. The disease is rarely noticeable in its early stages, so it is extremely important to have your gums checked regularly by a dentist or dental hygienist so that the disease can be detected in time.
The inflammation of the gums is caused by bacteria and tartar. But it is influenced by many other factors, such as heredity, immune system, bacterial composition in the mouth and smoking habits. In addition, we now know that there is a link between diabetes and periodontal disease, as well as cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease.