So what is gum disease?
Gum disease, otherwise known, as gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease, which is an inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums.
Many adults suffer from this disease, the onset of which normally occurs around the ages of 30- 40 years. It is reported that around 70% of adults will suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives. That’s a lot! So how do you know if you have gum disease?
If you suspect you have gum disease, visit a specialist periodontist for a full examination and oral hygiene tips.
There are a number of symptoms; the major ones being:
· Bleeding gums (especially during or after brushing)
· Swollen or tender gums
· Chronic bad breath
· Receding gums – wobbly teeth
· Sensitive teeth
Some causes of gum disease:
So, with this in mind, and given the alarming statistics, it is important to know how to avoid getting gum disease.
What can I do about gum disease?
If you don’t want bad breath, swollen gums, or sensitive teeth, and want to reduce your chances of losing your teeth as a result of gum disease, there are some steps that you can take to avoid getting gum disease. Look at treatment options.
- By looking at the primary causes of gum disease one can start to prevent the onset of it with some simple steps.
- Flossing, for example, is key. One of the reasons gum disease develops is as a result of plaque that builds up both on and between the teeth. Plaque is a colourless substance made up of bacteria, mucus and other particles, which sticks to the teeth. If it is not removed it can become tartar, a much harder substance, which requires professional dental cleaning to be gotten rid of.
- Brushing teeth certainly helps to get rid of plaque but it is not enough.
- Flossing is a procedure that takes no longer than a few minutes and makes a massive difference to your chances of developing gum disease.