Most people are affected by some form of gum disease at one time or another. That is because our mouths constantly produce a sticky substance called plaque that is laden with bacteria. In turn this bacteria can irritate gums and cause disease. The answer is to ensure that you clean your teeth regularly (twice a day – when you first get up and the last thing before you go to bed is recommended). This will remove the plaque, but if it isn’t cleared away then the disease it causes can spread below the gums and into the bone.
Apart from regular brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash, you should always make sure you visit your dentist for regular check-ups. If it not cleared regularly plaque hardens into tartar and this can only be removed by your dentist or dental hygienist.
Our other ‘best advice’ is do not smoke! It’s a fact that almost 50% of smokers suffer from some form of gum disease.
Here are the main signs that you are suffering from Gum Disease:
- Your gums are red, swollen and tender.
- They bleed when you brush or floss.
- It is painful when you chew.
- Your teeth may feel ‘loose’.
- Your teeth may become more sensitive.
If you ignore this and leave it untreated:
- Gums can detach from your teeth and recede, making you teeth appear longer.
- Your bite might alter and your teeth may not meet.
- Your teeth become loose.
- You suffer from abscesses.
At Better Dental as part of our routine examinations we always check for signs of Gum Disease and in addition to cleaning your teeth to remove any tartar we can recommend suitable treatments. In severe cases we can also undertake ‘deep cleaning’ or if required – surgery.
If you are concerned about gum disease book an appointment and let us take a look. Either our dentist or in-house hygienist can help improve the health of your gums.