Gum disease. We’ve all heard about it and seen the adverts on the television, yet so many people continue to think “I brush my teeth, it won’t happen to me”. Well, unfortunately that’s not the case. Even the people with the most disciplined dental routine can suffer from plaque and tartar build up. For those of you who are unaware of the relation between plaque and gum disease, here’s a brief summary. Plaque forms in the areas of the mouth you can’t reach when brushing. If this plaque is left, it hardens and becomes what we refer to as tartar, and that’s when the problems begin because Tartar is the main cause of gum disease.
So what does gum disease do?
In short, gum disease (also known as gingivitis) causes an infection at the point where the gum is connected to the tooth; resulting in the gum pulling away. In due course, the tissue that attaches the gums to your teeth will break down. At this stage you may start to notice swelling, bleeding and soreness.
So what should I do?
If you’ve noticed your gums have started to bleed or are sore then it is vital that you see a Specialist as soon as possible; please note other dentists may be unable to help you at this stage. To reiterate the importance of seeing a specialist urgently, we have known people to lose their teeth at this stage. The next stage could involve surgery or medication depending on the development of the disease, however over time you could regain a good standard of oral health. If gum disease is spotted in the early stages, the treatment is relatively simple hence why it’s so important to visit the dentist for check-ups at regular intervals.
I’ve not been to a dentist for a long time…
If you’ve neglected your teeth or life’s simply just got away from you then don’t panic. We’re here to help you get back on track with your oral health and help you to smile with confidence again. Our team are highly-qualified and experienced, and therefore will be able to advise you on the best dental care, which may involve a treatment, for your individual needs. To book an appointment, please call the practice on 01527 872528.