Preventive care and oral hygiene: Gum Disease

Preventive care and oral hygiene: Gum Disease

What is gum disease?

This is a type of dental condition that many people may not even be aware of because the initial symptoms are often quite innocuous; gum disease is a form of infection that typically develops due to poor oral hygiene, although it can sometimes occur when a certain type of bacteria comes into contact with the soft tissue in the mouth.

Most of the time, gum disease will be caused by lack of proper brushing and flossing, which allows plaque to build up along the gum line; this irritates the gum tissue and will lead to infection.

The initial symptom of gum disease is usually some slight bleeding from around the teeth after they have been brushed; this is not always easy to identify because it does not normally come with any discomfort or soreness of the tissue, which means that the condition can be overlooked for some time before treatment is provided. See more symptoms.

Blood around the gums

If you do notice that there is some blood around the gums or in the sink after you have rinsed your mouth out there is no need to panic; however, it is a good idea to report this kind of symptom to your dentist before long – if there is infection present it will respond better to early treatment and it may be eradicated completely.

Without proper attention and treatment, gum disease can develop into a disease known as periodontitis.

If you are faced with this serious issue, we recommend booking an appointment with The Surrey-based Gentle Dental Implant and Cosmetic Centre. This dental practice has won numerous awards such as ‘Periodontal Practice of the Year’ from 2017 Global Excellence Awards, so you know are getting the best treatment possible. For more information about their specialist periodontist team, click here.

One way to make sure that problems with infection or decay don’t develop without you realising is to maintain regular contact with your dentist; experts recommend getting your teeth checked at least once a year. Why is it so important?

This will give your dentist plenty of time to treat problem symptoms if they do arise and long-term problems can be avoided – it also means that you will be able to voice any concerns that you might have about your dental health.

If you decide that it might be helpful to get regular check-ups you will have to register with a particular surgery; this is so that all your information is in the system when you come to make an appointment.

If you think you might have gum disease and you would like to get it treated soon you should make an appointment with a specialist.