More teeth are lost through gum disease than any other cause because the disease process generally takes a long time, early intervention with simple preventative measures are usually the best approach. Good oral hygiene, effective use of tooth brush and other cleaning aids, and regular trips to the dental hygienist are strongly recommended for everyone who wants to keep their gums and teeth healthy for a lifetime.
Gum disease begins as gingivitis, with common signs including blood on the toothbrush when you brush your teeth. In this case you should contact your dentist immediately, as early treatment is invariably simple and effective . Left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis, which invariably leads to loss of teeth in the long term.
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals specifically with this disease,and other less common conditions of the gums and tissues that support the teeth. As the condition advances, specialist intervention may be required.