Healthy gums are firm and do not bleed when either brushing or flossing. You will notice that your gums fit snugly around your teeth.
When you have the mildest form of gingivitis (periodontal disease), the gums may appear mildly inflamed or appear red or swollen. If your gums bleed when brushing, this is also a major sign that you have periodontal disease.
Periodontitis is when your gums have begun to separate and recede from the teeth. This allows the plaque to move towards the roots, which function as the support mechanism to fibres and bone. When you have advanced periodontitis, the supporting fibres and bones are decayed, which can cause your teeth to become loose and may even result in the need for their removal!
By booking regular teeth cleaning and oral health checks, North Family Dental can help you stay on a path towards a lifetime of oral health!