If you have swollen or bleeding gums and you want to avoid a Christmas crisis this year, call now and book an appointment with one of our incredible dentists. Gum disease is preventable, but if you do have signs we can provide treatment to stop gum disease in its tracks, leaving you free to enjoy the festive season.
About gum disease
Gum disease is an oral disease caused by bacteria irritating the gums. The most common signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, inflammation, tenderness and soreness around the gums. Risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene, smoking and a poor diet.
There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis). Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, which is usually fairly easy to treat. If it is left untreated, it can quickly become more aggressive and result in periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is more serious and it causes irreversible damage to the gums and the bone structure that holds the teeth in place. Eventually, as the bone tissue weakens, the teeth become loose in the sockets and fall out. Gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss among UK adults.
When should I see my dentist?
It’s advisable to see your dentist if you think you may have gum disease or you notice symptoms including:
- redness in the gums
- bleeding when you clean your teeth
- swollen gums
- sore and tender gums
- bad breath
The earlier gum disease is treated, the better. If you have symptoms, but your check-up is not due, call and make an earlier appointment.