Gum Disease – Prevention And Treatment
Take gum disease seriously to maintain a healthy mouth.
Whilst tooth decay is widely understood, fewer people have an understanding of what gum disease actually is and why it is so important for good oral health. Even those with some understanding may believe that it will never happen to them.
The fact is that, not only will most of us have gum disease to some extent at some point during our lives, and if not treated early on, suffer from fairly devastating effects, including tooth loss.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and occurs when the gingival bacteria in our mouth are present in larger numbers than usual. When this happens we are likely to experience some of the symptoms, although there are also many ‘silent’ ones so we should not wait for these symptoms to appear before having our gums checked.
Possible symptoms include:
● Sore gums
● Bleeding when we brush our teeth
● Red gums
● Unpleasant breath
As long as it is detected early enough, gingivitis is relatively easy to treat. In some instances it may simply require an improvement in the way we clean our teeth. It is likely though, that you will also see the hygienist at our Greenwich practice for a thorough clean in order to remove any plaque from your teeth and gum-line. This enhanced level of cleaning will be maintained until the gingivitis has been treated successfully.
Periodontitis or periodontal disease is a much more severe stage of gum disease and requires more extensive and invasive treatment. Once this stage is reached, it poses serious threats to your oral health.
Symptoms may include:
● Bleeding gums
● Loose teeth
● Pus between the teeth
● Receding gums
● Bad breath (halitosis)
Because periodontitis attacks not only the gums, but the bone too, teeth can become loose and even fall out.
Preventing gum disease is relatively straightforward and requires just a little more focus on the gums as well as the teeth when cleaning. Much bacteria collects at the gum line so it is important to clean there as well. Interdental cleaning, whether through the use of dental floss or an interdental brush is especially important as it is in the areas between the teeth, where a toothbrush can’t reach, that gum disease often starts.
Regular hygienist visits are also advisable, not only for the professional clean, but also for advice on how your lifestyle may be impacting your oral health, and changes that you could make. Many people also struggle to floss correctly, and our hygienist will be happy to show you the best way to perform this important task. Whilst periodontitis can be treated, and we will discuss this in a future blog, it is far better to avoid it in the first place, and seeing one of our Greenwich dentists at Confidental Clinic will help you to do just that.
For appointments, we can be contacted on 020 8858 1422 where one of our friendly reception team will arrange your consultation with one of our dentists.