Some common indicators of gum disease are listed below. If you have any of these symptoms give the practice a call on 01527 906583 and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We will be able to tell you if you do indeed have gum disease and to what stage it has progressed, we will also be able to start you on a treatment plan that will help get your gums healthy again..
Common gum disease symptoms:
- Bad breath that won’t go away.
- Bleeding when you brush or floss.
- Swollen gums.
- Loose teeth.
- Pockets between your gums and teeth.
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together.
Types of Gum Disease
A poor oral health routine can cause gum disease. There are two different stages: Gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. It is an inflammation of the gums, and it is caused by plaque and tartar buildup on teeth.
Untreated gingivitis could turn into periodontitis. This disease infects the gum tissue more seriously, causes gum pockets and infection of the bone tissue. In more advanced stages of periodontitis, your teeth can become loose and even fall out.
What You Can Do
Be sure to brush and floss every day to remove harmful bacteria. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and to check for cavities and gum disease. If the gum disease has progressed to periodontal disease, then a consultation appointment with a gum specialist also known as a periodontist, may be recommended by your dentist. By working with your dentist and taking care of your teeth at home, you’ll improve your chances of fighting gum disease.