Gum disease is a common dental problem with serious effects. Left untreated it can result in terrible tooth ache and eventual lose of teeth. Caused by the build up of plaque, a ‘biofilm’ of bacteria, on your teeth and around your gums it is essential to brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly to remove the plaque.
The first symptom, called ‘gingivitis’, you may be suffering from gum disease will be an inflammation and irritation of the gums; they will begin to look red and swollen and feel tender. You may also find that brushing and flossing your teeth causes bleeding of the gums. The occurrence of persistent bad breath, known as ‘halitosis’, may be a sign of gum disease. If you notice any of these symptoms appearing it is very important that you maintain good dental hygiene and visit your Central London dentist before the gum disease reaches the next stage.
Without being treated gingivitis will develop into ‘periodontitis’, the next stage of gum disease. At this point, very serious issues can begin to occur as your teeth’s connective tissue begins to break down. Your teeth will become looser within your gums accompanied by pain and bleeding. Becoming looser, your teeth will have a much higher chance of falling, or being knocked, out.
As the gum disease causes more of your teeth to be exposed to plaque and bacteria the rate of damage will become much higher. Without early treatment your dentist will have to extract the infected teeth and replace them with artificial alternatives. Visit your dentist regularly to catch the signs early and prevent any serious damage from happening.