Looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth. Gum disease affects almost everyone at some stage in their lives. It is one of the leading cause of tooth loss in the world but can be totally preventable if gums and teeth are looked after properly. If your gums bleed when you brush them or are red and swollen, then this is a sign of gum disease. The early stage of the disease is called gingivitis.
If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.
If gingivitis is left untreated the gums can become infected. This is periodontitis, a serious condition which could result in the loss of a tooth. The entire area surrounding the tooth is affected so it is vital to keep your mouth healthy and attend regular hygiene appointments or dental check-ups at Gosforth Dental Surgery.
Gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.
Gum disease is extremely common, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, which notes nearly half of adults over age 30 suffer from some form of gum disease.
While it’s true that some women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” it’s not true that everyone experiences this. You can help prevent this condition by taking extra care during your brushing and flossing routine. Your dentist at Gosforth Dental Surgery may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent this.
Unfortunately, gum disease progresses painlessly on the whole so that you do notice the damage it is doing. However, the bacteria are sometimes more active and this makes your gums sore. This can lead to gum abscesses. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. If the disease is left untreated for a long time, treatment can become more difficult. During your regular check-ups at our Newcastle dental practice, your dentist will be able to spot early signs of gum disease and discuss with you the treatment options.