Recent data from dentists shows that Gum disease affects a staggering 9 in 10 adults! It is
extremely likely, that even with precise and regular at home dental care, at some point you will suffer from the symptoms of early Gum Disease. So what is the best way for you to protect your mouth?
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a build up of bacteria containing plaque, that when left untreated spreads down below the gum line. Initially this build up leads to painful gums and irritating sores in the mouth, furthermore, if left even longer untreated it’s consequences can be very dangerous.
Why is Gum disease so dangerous?
You’ve probably heard about the main symptom of gum disease; gingivitis. And the accompanying horror stories of red, swollen and bleeding gums. If not treated quickly these symptoms can develop into periodontitis, which can cause a range of problems from severe bad breath to gum abscesses and tooth loss. In some cases, this can develop even further again into acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis – which is as serious as it sounds.
How can you spot it?
Next time you brush and floss, have a look at your gums. It’s one of those places that we don’t very often check up on. Healthy gums should look pink, feel firm, and not bleed when you brush or floss. Gum disease isn’t linked to any painful symptoms until it’s developed too far, so it’s imperative that you check your gums regularly and if you spot any symptoms get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible.
How can you prevent gum disease?
With gum disease prevention is better than cure! While at home dental hygiene isn’t always enough to keep gum disease at bay it’s the best place to start; brushing twice a day and regular flossing will help keep your mouth in good health. The rest also isn’t too difficult; Hygienist visits! Making sure you schedule regular hygiene visits with your dentist is the secret to preventing gum disease and it’s symptoms. The recommended amount to visit is only once every 6 months – a small price to pay for a healthy mouth!
What are the other benefits of regular hygiene visits?
Most importantly your dental hygienist will be able to remove any hardened plaque from your teeth, making sure it doesn’t build up and lead to gum disease. More than that though, they will should you some great oral care tips, tailored to you and your teeth, that you can implement at home to make sure you know how to properly clean your teeth and prevent gum disease.
If you’re worried about the health of your gums, why not book a Hygienist appointment with Sparkle Dental Boutique today!
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
Monday to Friday:
8.30am – 5.00pm
By appointment only.