Gum disease is widespread among adults. Visit us at the first signs of gum disease to help prevent further damage.
Gum disease is very common – it affects more than half of adults with natural teeth. It can be treated by a dentist and in the early stages, the effects can be completely reversed.
It is, therefore, essential that you seek treatment to prevent its progression. Symptoms include:
- Red, sore, or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath
- Gums pulling away from your teeth
Gingivitis is a response by the gum tissue to plaque building up around the necks of the teeth. If the teeth are not brushed properly, plaque will build up at the delicate junction where the teeth come through the gums. This irritates the gums and causes inflammation. They may appear red, swollen, and bleed when you brush your teeth. Gingivitis is a reversible condition, and effective cleaning will lead to health in just a couple of weeks.
The most common type of gum treatment brings together two components;
- Oral hygiene (home care plaque control)
- Thorough removal of plaque and calculus (tartar) from the gums. In this way, treatment targets the causes and effects of gum disease – both the bacteria initiating disease at the edge of the gum and the bacteria progressing the disease within the gum pockets.
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Gum disease is a condition in which the gums become inflamed and irritated. This can lead to bleeding, soreness, and eventually tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Plaque irritates the gums and causes them to become inflamed.
The symptoms of gum disease can vary from person to person. In its early stages, gum disease may cause gums to bleed or be sore when brushed. As the condition progresses, the gums may recede or pull away from the teeth, and pockets of pus may form.
A good hygiene routine is the best way to protect yourself from getting gum disease. Brushing teeth thoroughly twice a day and cleaning between the teeth will remove the bacteria that can lead to plaque build up. Combine this with regular visits to the dentist or dental hygienist where any signs of plaque can be removed before becoming a problem.
Gum disease is treated by removing the plaque from the teeth and gums. This can be done through regular brushing and flossing, as well as professional cleanings.
If gum disease is not treated, it can lead to tooth loss. With proper treatment and care, however, most people with gum disease can maintain their teeth and gums healthy.
We offer a wide range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic treatments to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Learn more about individual treatment options or book a consultation to find out how we can help.