Do you have sore gums? Are your gums swollen? Have you noticed bleeding when you brush your teeth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have gum disease. At Aqua Dental Spa, we provide expert care for your periodontal pains.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a very common oral disease, which occurs when the gums become irritated and swollen as a result of exposure to harmful bacteria. When bacteria in the mouth feed, they release acids, which cause the gums to become sore and swollen. Gum disease is preventable, yet is still affects thousands of people in the UK.
The main symptoms of gum disease include inflamed, sore and red gums, bleeding from the gums, which is usually most noticeable when you brush your teeth, and tenderness.
Treatment for gum disease
There are two different types of gum disease: a mild form known as gingivitis and an advanced form known as periodontal disease. Gingivitis is curable, while periodontal disease causes permanent damage to the gums and the bone tissue, which supports the teeth and gums.
Treatment for gingivitis usually involves cleaning treatments and good oral hygiene at home, while periodontal disease requires long-term management. The main aim for advanced gum disease is to prevent the situation from getting worse and to try and save the teeth. Often, a combination of intensive cleaning treatments and procedures such as root planing are required over a prolonged period of time. Dentists and dental hygienists usually work together to treat patients with gum disease.
Preventing gum disease
There are some very simple measures you can take to try and lower the chances of developing gum disease; these include:
- eating a healthy, balanced diet and sticking to the recommended daily intake of sugar
- maintaining a good daily oral hygiene regime at home
- seeing your dentist for regular dental checks and arranging an appointment as soon as you notice symptoms