Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems, but it can be prevented and if you are able to spot the signs early, we can treat if before it becomes advanced. We always promote the notion that prevention is better than cure, but if you need treatment for gum disease, we are here to help.
Spotting the warning signs
Mild cases of gum disease (gingivitis) are very easily managed, so it’s important to be able to spot the early warning signs. If gingivitis is left untreated, it becomes more serious and eventually develops into periodontal disease, which causes permanent damage to the bone structure that provides support for the teeth. In severe cases, the teeth start to come loose in their sockets and eventually fall out.
The most common symptoms of gum disease are swollen and red gums and bleeding from the gums. In most cases, bleeding is noticeable when you brush your teeth. If you do notice blood in your spit, you should arrange to see your dentist. Other possible signs of gum disease include painful and tender gums and an unpleasant taste in the mouth; in advanced cases, the teeth may also feel loose.
What can be done for gum disease?
Oral hygiene is the key to gum disease treatment. Good oral hygiene helps to remove bacteria and plaque from the mouth and our intensive cleaning treatments clean the gum line and remove stubborn plaque and tartar from the mouth. In cases of advanced gum disease, a series of sessions with the dentist and a dental hygienist are usually recommended and the aim is to prevent any further damage.
Gum disease prevention
The best way to avoid gum disease is to keep your teeth and gums clean. You can do this by brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing on a regular basis. Try to avoid consuming a lot of sugary foods and drinks and see your dentist for regular check-ups. If you notice any warning signs, don’t wait for your next check-up, arrange to see your dentist as soon as you can. Smoking is a leading risk factor for gum disease; if you want advice about giving up, we can help.