Gum disease is one of the most common yet most preventable dental problem we see on a daily basis. With most adults in the UK suffering from some of it, in one severity or another, there are plenty of early warning signs that are often missed by those confusing them with too aggressive brushing. Gum disease begins in its most manageable form as gingivitis, but it can soon develop into the formidable and aggressive periodontitis. This threatens your teeth, even ushering in the potential for tooth loss. Because gum disease is so easily preventable, we’re going to explore the symptoms and how best to treat it in the hopes that it will help you and your teeth enjoy a happy relationship together.
Firstly, what are the symptoms of gum disease?
Some of these symptoms may sound familiar to you and if they do, this blog post is definitely for you. The beginnings of gum disease are experienced by a lot of people though because they are quite mild, they go often unnoticed or not taken seriously enough. The symptoms of this early stage, called gingivitis, include red and swollen gums that appear puffy and are potentially receding from the tooth. Sensitivity to brushing, chewing, and biting also accompanies this swelling and redness, as does bleeding when brushing. Even bad breath is a potential indicator of gum disease developing. These symptoms may appear mild or even be all too familiar to you, but this early stage can quickly worsen when not treated or oral hygiene isn’t improved upon. Because these symptoms are so common, they’re often ignored which makes them all the more dangerous.
How does it develop?
Bacterial and plaque build-up between and around the teeth is the leading cause of gum disease. Plaque accumulates when bacteria try to stick to the smooth and lubricated surfaces of the teeth, which can also cause cavities and eat away at your protective enamel. The presence of this plaque triggers a response from your immune system, leading it to attack and breakdown the affected gum tissue. When this occurs, our teeth can become unstable because their foundation is being aggravated to the point it may recede entirely. Left unchecked, plaque then hardens into tartar that must be professionally removed. If left to manifest, it collects at the base of our teeth right on top of the gums, causing further inflammation and sensitivity. This is when you risk losing a tooth, or teeth, altogether.
How do you prevent gum disease?
Gum disease, as we’re enthusiastic to repeat, is entirely preventable. At-home hygiene routines are extremely important such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. You may find that switching to an electric toothbrush might be right for you in the early stages of gum disease, though you should definitely run this by us first to make sure your gums aren’t too irritated already. Even cutting back on sugar and rinsing your mouth with water after a sugary drink will benefit in the long-term when done regularly enough, because you’re essentially resetting the sugar balance and presence in your mouth. Professional cleaning and appointment with a dental hygienist, such as the fantastic staff we boast at Clarendon House Dental Centre in Leamington Spa, will also contribute to maintaining your gums’ health. Even if you aren’t experiencing any major symptoms, these trained professionals can spot early warning signs and help you plan ahead to avoid any dental disappointment. It’s always far preferable to help you save a tooth than replace it, and it’s far more beneficial to you as a patient too.
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Armed with this knowledge and our assistance, your gums should continue to live happily and healthily. Book your next appointment with us by calling 01926 339993 or enquire online today.