Gum disease is usually manageable, but in severe cases it can be really grim. Here at Aqua Dental, we are determined to keep gum disease at bay and we recommend regular dental checks and healthy lifestyle habits. Our team is highly trained and dedicated to promoting good oral health and we are always here to offer advice and provide treatments, which will hopefully keep you pain free.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a common preventable oral disease, which occurs when the gums become swollen and irritated. Most cases of gum disease are associated with plaque, a sticky film made from bacteria and food debris, which irritates the gums and causes them to become very sore and inflamed. Plaque forms as a result of poor oral hygiene. There are two forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, which can usually be treated with good oral hygiene and plaque removal; however, it can become more advanced if it is left untreated. Periodontal disease causes permanent damage to the alveolar bone, which is responsible for supporting the teeth and gums; it is difficult to manage and requires long-term treatment.
Preventing gum disease
Gum disease can be really nasty, but the good news is that you can prevent is very simply. Good oral hygiene is the best form of defence against harmful bacteria, as regular brushing and flossing ensure that bacteria are removed before they can join forces with food debris and saliva to create plaque. We recommend brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time and flossing daily. We also strongly advise our patients to come for 6 monthly check-ups and to be vigilant when it comes to spotting the warning signs of gum disease, which include bleeding gums, swelling and soreness.