Signs of Gum Disease
If you suspect that you have gum disease, you must see your dentist straight away. Gum disease is an infection of the gum which can cause damage to the bone that supports your teeth, if left untreated it can cause tooth loss and other health complications.
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is quite common in adults. Gum disease is usually the result of poor dental hygiene and is enhanced by bad lifestyle choices such as smoking. Luckily, gum disease is completely preventable if you have a thorough oral hygiene routine that includes: brushing twice per day, flossing daily (night time is best) and ensuring you attend your regular dental check-ups.
At first, you may not know that you have gum disease, which is why it is important to see your dentist regularly so they can detect early onset gum disease before it becomes more advanced and difficult to treat.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should book an appointment with your dentist. Natural, healthy gums are pale pink, firm and fit tightly around your teeth.
· Swollen gums
· Gums are bright red or purple
· Sore gums that hurt to touch
· You spit a lot of blood when you brush
· Your toothbrush is discoloured after brushing
· Persistent bad breath
· Pus in your gums
· Your teeth feel loose
· Chewing has become painful
· Spaces have appeared between your teeth
· Gums are receding and coming away from your teeth
· Your bite feels different/uncomfortable
Risk Factors of Gum Disease
You have a higher risk of getting gum disease if:
· You don’t brush your teeth regularly
· You don’t/rarely floss
· You smoke or vape
· You are pregnant or menopausal
· You are obese
· You are low in nutrients such as vitamin C
· You have diabetes
· You take medication which causes a dry mouth
· Your immunity is decreased due to leukaemia, AIDS or cancer
Are you due a check up or fear you may have gum disease? Call the practice now to book your appointment.