Are you worried you may have Gum Disease?

90% of adults in the UK have some gum disease, even if only a small amount, meaning that gum disease is more common than you probably think. While gum disease is damaging to your teeth, it is also known to be linked to serious problems in other parts of the body too.

Gum disease, which affects 3 out of 4 adults in the UK, occurs when plaque and tartar on the teeth builds up and the associated bacteria irritates and inflames the gums, causing them to recede, bleed and become sore. Most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree and most people experience it at least once, which is why gum disease treatment should never be delayed.

As gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, Perfect Smile Spa is dedicated to ensuring our patients have the healthiest gums to support a beautiful smile.

Gum Disease Symptoms

It’s important to know the signs of gum disease in order to have treatment before it becomes worse. If gum disease is occurring, then you may experience bleeding gums, sore gums or inflamed gums, as well as pain, discomfort or redness.

  • Once you notice any changes in your gums, teeth or mouth, it’s critical to visit your dentist for a dental hygiene visit as soon as possible

If you notice any changes in your gums, teeth or mouth, it’s critical to visit your dentist for a dental hygiene visit as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to check for early signs of gum disease and check for any other health-related issues that may be linked to your gum problems.

Your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. If gingivitis isn’t treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects more tissues that support teeth and hold them in place. If periodontitis isn’t treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may, eventually, fall out.

Symptoms of untreated gum disease can include gum abscesses, receding gums, loose teeth or, in some extreme cases, loss of teeth.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is typically a sign of poor dental hygiene, particularly as most cases are caused by a buildup of plaque along the gum line that isn’t removed properly. This is why it’s critical to brush and floss your teeth regularly to avoid bacteria from spreading. If you don’t remove plaque from your teeth by brushing them, it builds up and irritates your gums.

If the condition is not treated, it progresses and gets worse, eventually destroying the gums, and the jawbone which holds the teeth.

How To Treat Gum Disease

As well as understanding the signs of gum disease, it’s also important to know what to do when you first spot these signs in order to prevent gum disease from becoming worse and to improve the outcome. Here is our advice on how to avoid and treat gum disease:

  • Maintain good oral health
  • Book regular dental hygiene visits at your dental clinic. Mild cases of gum disease can usually be treated by maintaining a good level of oral hygiene, however, you must still visit your dentist as they will decide your best treatment for gum disease.
  • Visit your dentist for check-ups. Our dentist will carry out a thorough dental examination to check the health of your gums and to see what degree of gum disease you may have. In most cases, your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to give your teeth a thorough clean and remove any hardened plaque (tartar). They’ll also show you how to clean your teeth effectively to help prevent plaque building up in the future.
  • Use antibacterial mouthwash, which help by killing bacteria and reducing inflammation in the gums. Antibacterial mouthwashes can be purchased in the supermarket or from any pharmacy, however, it’s very important to visit your dentist once you notice the symptoms of gum disease as you may require further treatment.
  • If you have severe gum disease, you’ll usually need to have further medical and dental treatment and, in some cases, surgery may need to be carried out. This will usually be performed by a specialist in gum problems called a Periodontist.
  • We also recommend reading our guide on the Seven Ways to Stop Bleeding Gums.

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Book our completely FREE CONSULTATION where we examine your teeth, discuss your expectations and then let you know which treatments will give you the results you want. We will of course answer any questions you may have about the process of improving the appearance of your smile

Perfect Smile Spa is situated in Hornchurch, Essex, and with easy access to from London we are here to provide you with treatments that will give you a beautiful, healthy smile you’ll be proud of.

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