Studies have suggested that about three quarters of British people older than thirty five have some form of gum disease. Gums must be taken seriously as a health concern because gum disease is, in fact, a greater cause of tooth loss than tooth decay itself. You ought to make an appointment with your Basildon dentist immediately if you are suffering from bleeding gums as it might be a sign of gum disease.
Bleeding gums usually indicate the presence of the most common form of gum disease which is known as gingivitis. You may notice the bleeding when you are brushing your teeth and you will probably find that eating and drinking are made uncomfortable and even painful. The risk of this occurring is of course reduced by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day as dentists recommend.
Although easily treatable in itself, gingivitis can easily lead to worse things. If gingivitis develops into its advanced form of periodontitis you may experience great oral pain as the bones holding your teeth in place become inflamed and eventually tooth loss occurs. It is very important that bleeding gums are dealt with quickly so that this stage is not reached.
Bleeding gums are easily remedied but you should make an appointment for a session with your Basildon dentist if it is happening to you. Your dentist might recommend that your home oral hygiene habits are honed and improved, that you use a special mouth wash or prescribe a course of antibiotics. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.