Gum disease is a common problem which many people fail to treat until it is too late and they are at risk of losing a tooth.
Bleeding and inflammation are typical symptoms of the first stages of gum disease and we recommend you seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent deterioration.
Causes of gum disease
One of the main factors leading to gum disease is poor dental hygiene. Not caring for your teeth and gums adequately leads to the build up of plaque and can result in bacteria infecting your gums.
Further risk factors include:
When plaque builds-up in the mouth it can irritate the gums which leads to bleeding and inflammation. Bacteria can then infect the gums causing the first stage of gum disease, which is known as gingivitis.
If left untreated, gingivitis may lead to the more serious condition of periodontitis. This causes gums to recede or draw back from the tooth. Pockets of infection develop in the gums and this can eventually lead to destruction of the bone that holds the teeth in place.
Gum disease treatment
Good oral hygiene such as regular brushing and flossing is the first step towards preventing gum disease. Frequent dental check-ups will also help towards the maintenance of your gum tissue.
Crown Dental offers gum hygiene treatments such as tooth cleaning and scaling. We also stock fluoride treatments which you can use at home. Deep cleaning carried out by the dentist or dental hygienist will also help tackle gum disease.
Occasionally, where periodontitis has advanced, we may refer you to a periodontal specialist who is an expert and highly experienced in treating severe gum disease.
Tips to prevent gum disease
At Crown Dental we are passionate about keeping your teeth clean and your gums healthy. Below are some helpful ways you can maintain healthy gums: