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The Awful Truth About Gum Disease – And What To Do About It

The causes of gum disease

Gum disease is most commonly caused by poorly performing dental hygiene. Most people develop gingivitis when plaque builds up on the tooth enamel and starts to wear away. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis – severe gum disease that can damage the root of the tooth and cause tooth loss. Symptoms of gum disease can develop over weeks or months. However, some signs are more serious and don’t always develop with gum disease. If you don’t get a dental check-up, you can easily miss the signs of gum disease.


The symptoms of gum disease

Sore, bleeding, swollen, or tender gums. The gums may be red or purple in colour and feeling soft and thin.

When to see your dentist

If symptoms are mild to moderate, you are likely to be dealing with the early stages of gum disease and will be able to manage them at home with some simple oral hygiene methods.

Symptoms of severe gum disease

Leakage from your gum line (can be yellow, brown or white), gum bleeding and red or purple discoloured gums. If there are not enough tartar deposits on your teeth and gums, the teeth may become slightly sensitive and get a gritty taste.


How to prevent gum disease

Experts warn not to smoke and to keep your mouth clean. If you don’t brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day, your gums will become inflamed and you could start to develop gum disease.

So what can you do to prevent this condition?

Here are some simple steps you can take: Always brush your teeth twice a day. This includes morning and night. Keep your mouth clean. Regularly floss daily. Don’t smoke. Drink plenty of water every day. Quit eating sweets. If you are feeling unwell, visit your GP for advice.

There are several risk factors that increase your risk of gum disease. If your gums become inflamed, then over time, bacteria get into your bloodstream and cause disease. While brushing your teeth twice daily will prevent the build-up of tartar and reduce your risk of gum disease, keeping the gum line healthy is also important. It’s also important to brush your teeth at the same time each day to get a thorough clean. If you don’t, any bacteria left in your mouth can find its way into your blood stream. Conclusion The best way to protect against gum disease is to maintain the health of your gum line.

If you are experiencing any gum disease symptoms then we suggest you get in touch with your dentist or make an appointment to seek further advice and treatment.

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