As part of your oral health regime, keeping gums healthy is as important as safeguarding your teeth. Gum disease can be painful and lead to tooth loss but it is often entirely reversible if dealt with early. If left to flourish though, gum disease results in more tooth loss than actual tooth decay and studies show that as many as seventy five per cent of adults in Britain currently have some form of gum disease.
The most common gum disease is known as gingivitis. If your gums are subject to reddening and tend to bleed during brushing then you may have contracted it. It can turn routine eating and drinking into difficult activities but pursuing your normal, recommended dental hygiene habits of brushing and flossing twice a day should protect you from gingivitis
Periodontitis is what may result if gingivitis is left untreated. It comprises a painful inflammation of the gums which can spread to the bones which hold our teeth securely in place. Teeth will start to loosen and eventually fall out, leaving you requiring invasive procedures to have replacement dentures fitted.
You ought to be vigilant for bad breath, bleeding when you brush your teeth and examine your mouth for patches of redness and swelling. Early stages of gum disease can include the sudden feeling that your teeth don’t ‘fit’ as well as they normally do and the appearance of a strange metallic taste.
Braintree dentists are expert at spotting these signs and maintaining a habit of visiting him or her twice a year will mean your chances of spotting any gum disease early are good and you should avoid the prospect of tooth loss. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.