Anyone who has experienced the pain and suffering caused by tooth and gum disease will tell you to do all you can to avoid becoming another victim. Both tooth decay and gum disease are again on the increase in the UK as a result of falling standards of oral hygiene and poor diets. Too much sugary food and drinks are making the problem of dental disease a very serious one.
Tooth decay is caused by a bacteria rich substance called plaque, which sticks to the surface of the tooth and releases acids as the bacteria break down. This acid wears away the protective enamel coating of teeth causing cavities. If the enamel is breached, bacteria can infiltrate the central parts of the tooth and cause infections around the dental nerve. Not only will this be very painful but it can also lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease is also caused by plaque acid, which causes irritation and inflammation to the gum tissue. If this allowed to progress it can cause bleeding and infections which can pass into the bloodstream and has been linked to heart disease.
Prevention is definitely the key to healthy teeth and gums and the best way to do this is to ensure you are brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Just as important however is the need to see a West London dentist every six-months for a check up appointment. Dentists can spot the signs and symptoms of dental disease and treat it before it becomes a more serious problem.