Your gums are the support for your teeth and therefore the health of them is important in maintaining overall oral health. If neglected gum disease can cause loosening and movement in teeth and eventually tooth loss.
The main cause of gum disease is dental plaque, which is a bacterial build up that accumulates on your teeth.
When plaque builds up bacteria begins to infect the gums causing bleeding and inflammation. At the same time, the bone and ligament around the tooth starts to break down.
Important contributing factors that can lead to more severe gum disease symptoms are Poor oral hygiene, Smoking, Stress, Genetic predisposition, Diabetes and Pregnancy.
If you notice any of the following symptoms it is recommended you visit us immediately to have the condition assessed.
- Bleeding of gums
- Redness, swelling and inflammation of gums
- Gums are sore to touch
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Excess of plaque or tartar that you cannot remove with your brush.
The best method of prevention is to have a good Oral Hygiene regime which consists of
- Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice daily, flossing 1 daily between each tooth.
- Have an active maintenance plan with us for a regular examination and professional clean, removing any build-up of plaque that may have occurred
- Assuring you keep us up to date with any medical / health changes that may have occurred.