Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the UK? Thankfully, we are here to spread the word that gum disease can be stopped in its tracks! If you’re keen to learn more about gum disease prevention, you’ve come to the right place.
Preventing gum disease
Gum disease can be very severe, but it is preventable. The best ways to prevent gum disease include:
- Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time
- Flossing daily
- Visiting the dentist every 6-12 months
- Avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks
As gum disease is a progressive condition, it’s hugely beneficial to be aware of the symptoms. If you spot potential warning signs, seeing your dentist early can reduce the risk of gum disease becoming more serious. Mild gum disease is relatively easy to treat, but if left untreated, gum disease can become more advanced. Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease, can cause irreversible damage to the bone tissue that supports the teeth and gums. Signs to look out for include:
- Bleeding when you brush
- Swollen gums
- Soreness and pain
Treating gum disease
If you do have signs of gum disease, we have a team of highly trained dentists and hygienists on hand to get your smile back on track. Commonly, we use cleaning treatments, such as a scale and polish. Cleaning therapies are designed to remove plaque and tartar and rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. Frequent hygiene sessions are recommended for patients with gum disease. In more severe cases, treatments like root planing, may be recommended.
If you have questions about gum disease, or you’re keen to find out more about how you can protect your gums, don’t hesitate to get in touch.