Importance of visiting your dentist to check signs of gum disease and gingivitis for patients from Epping

It is extremely important for patients from Epping to regularly visit a dentist. Twice a year is the recommended amount, as a dentist can spot the early signs of gum disease when they look at your teeth and treat it sooner rather than later.

How does gingivitis occur and what are the signs?

Gum disease usually occurs because of poor oral hygiene where the patient either brushes or flosses very ineffectually or a regular oral health routine is not adhered to. The dreaded plaque starts to build up, which contains bacteria that is very harmful to your mouth and usually results in an infection. Almost all adults have or will suffer from this, so there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed, as your dentist has seen it a million times before.

The first sign of gingivitis is bleeding gums when you are brushing or flossing your teeth. If you notice this at home it’s advisable to get an appointment with your dentist ASAP. You may not notice this but your dentist will know if your gums are bleeding during a normal check-up.

What happens if the gum disease is not treated?

If you leave the gum disease and do not seek help and advice the disease will normally progress to something called periodontal disease. The gum disease worsens and can result in tooth loss. If the plaque is allowed to harden this can lead to further infection, tooth loss and bone loss in the jaw. It is not pleasant, however, at the Advance Dental Clinic we have a specialised Periodontist who will give you a thorough examination, treatment plan and maintenance programme to help you combat the disease.

Don’t let your oral health get to this level, see your dentist regularly so early signs of gum disease will be spotted before it becomes a serious problem. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.