Have you ever looked at the risks of gum disease? Here we discuss the signs, symptoms and treatment options available to you.
What is Gum Disease?
Chances are you have heard the words ‘gum disease’ before. It was become one of the most common dental problems in the UK but a lot of people still don’t know exactly what it is and whether they have it or not. Caused by plaque build up, it is believed that 83% of people show some signs of gum disease at one point of their lives of another.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Plaque is the sticky substance that builds up on teeth if they are not cleaned properly. It contains bacteria which irritates the gums. Symptoms of gum disease include red, sore, inflamed, bleeding or itchy gums or bad breath. If still left untreated it can lead to gum recession and eventually loosening and loss of teeth as the bacteria eats away at the bone and tissue. The early stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. If left untreated this can develop into Periodontitis.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Gum disease needs treatment. When it gets more serious, bacteria gets into the bloodstream and can cause damage to other parts of the body. For minor or early cases of gum disease, an improved oral hygiene routine will improve the disease. This includes brushing teeth twice daily, flossing and having regular dental check ups. For more serious cases further treatment will be needed but once gum disease gets to that stage it cannot be cured, only managed.
Gum Recession and Dental Implants
For gum recession cases we use pinhole surgical technique to rejuvenate the gum and return it to the correct position.
For tooth loss there is also the option of having dental implants to make the mouth look natural again and to ensure eating and drinking can be normal.
The main message is to avoid gum disease you must maintain good oral hygiene as well as visiting your dentist regularly as they will be able to spot any sign of the disease and give you advice on your dental care. If you think you do have symptoms of gum disease please book an appointment with us as soon as possible.