Articles What to do if You Have Gum Disease
Gum disease is a common condition that can be very serious if left untreated. We recommend regular dental checks and dental hygiene sessions for patients to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease.
About gum disease
Gum disease occurs as a result of bacteria infection. The symptoms of gum disease, including swelling and soreness, are caused by bacteria irritating the gums. One of the most common causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, which results in the formation of plaque, a sticky white substance containing bacteria.
Common symptoms to look out for include bleeding gums, usually when you brush your teeth, swollen and sore gums, an unpleasant taste in your mouth and tenderness in your gums.
When should I see a dentist?
We recommend six monthly check-ups for all our patients in London, but if you notice any symptoms of gum disease between visits, we advise you to ring and make an appointment as early as possible. Gum disease is a progressive condition and if it is allowed to develop, it can cause permanent damage to the gums and bone tissue, which holds the teeth in place. Gum disease is the most common cause of premature adult tooth loss in the UK.
What can I do to reduce the risk of gum disease?
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will help to prevent bacteria from collecting in your mouth. It is also important to keep an eye on your diet and avoid eating sugary foods and drinks and to see your dentist every six months for a check-up. If you have a high risk of developing gum disease as a result of an underlying illness, taking medication or being pregnant, we recommend more frequent appointments.
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