It is one of the most common diseases in the UK with over three quarters of adults suffering at some point in their life. It can be the source of great pain and has been linked to causing heart problems and even fatal heart attacks. Yet this problem is often ignored or dismissed as not being serious. Even more astonishingly, this disease is easily treated and in most cases completely preventable by taking a few easy steps each day.
Gum disease is often overlooked as a serious dental problem but dentists for years have been trying to emphasise the importance of looking after your gums as well as your teeth. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria build up on the gums and begin to irritate the tissue. This ultimately leads to an infection that will cause redness, soreness and will spread quickly to other parts of the mouth. Because the soft tissue in the mouth is linked to the bloodstream, the infection can also easily pass into the blood and travel to other parts of the body. This can cause a narrowing of the arteries and ultimately lead to high blood pressure and heart issues.
Gum disease can be prevented easily by brushing and flossing your teeth more regularly and more effectively. Central London dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for at least three minutes twice a day using an appropriate brush. This will remove plaque and bacteria and keep the teeth and gums clean. It is also important to maintain your six-monthly appointments with your Central London dentist who will be able to monitor the gums for any sign of disease and offer the necessary treatment.