If you are worried that you may be suffering with gum disease, these are the signs to look out for:
- Red swollen gums
- Bleeding gums (commonly noticed when brushing/flossing teeth)
These 2 signs are most often associated with the very early stages of gum disease. As it progresses, there will be even more signs which can result in you losing your teeth if left untreated.
As mentioned, when you brush or floss your teeth the bleeding will be more noticeable. Its important to still carry on with brushing and flossing your teeth, as not doing so will be counter productive in combating the gum disease. Gum disease can often be linked with a poor oral hygiene as bacteria has been allowed to form on the gums and teeth which overtime will then attack the health of them.
We recommend a 6 monthly check up so we can check on the health of your mouth and to identify any potential problems from developing. It is also important to attend a dental hygiene appointment every 6 months as well (unless advised every 3 months), as the hygienist will use their professional dental tools to give your mouth a thorough clean, reaching those hard to clean places with your conventional brush. The hygienist not only carries out a scale and polish of your teeth, but also helps educate you on the best practices for keeping your mouth, gums and teeth healthy for longer.
Fighting gum disease can start from the comfort of your own home with a good, efficient oral hygiene routine.
Periodontitis is the term used when gum disease moves into the advanced stage. At this point, there will be more symptoms:
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Receding gum lines
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Excessively producing saliva
If left untreated, your teeth can start to fall out as your teeth will start to become looser and your gum line recedes. The bone that holds your teeth in place will fade away as the periodontitis attacks it.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
Depending on how bad your gum disease has progressed, your treatment may very. Root planning is quite often used and is effectively a deep clean under the gum line, to clear the bacteria out from the roots of your teeth. In even more severe cases, you may need to see a periodontist for surgery or even have the tooth removed if the tooth cannot be saved. You may be prescribed antibiotics to fight the infections.
Gum disease is not a very nice thing to have, especially as it advances to the more serious stages. If you are worried you may be suffering, please do not hesitate to call us and book your dental assessment.