Gum disease is a common oral health problem and it is estimated that most adults will experience symptoms of gum disease at some point in their lives. Gum disease is one of those health problems that gets worse with time, so you should always resist the temptation to ignore it and assume it will fix itself.
There are different forms of gum disease; gingivitis, which literally means inflammation of the gums, is the mild form of gum disease and it can be treated very easily with oral hygiene treatment. If gingivitis is allowed to progress, however, the story becomes very different; periodontal disease, the advanced form of gum disease, is incurable and it causes irreversible damage to the bone structure, which holds the teeth and gums in place. Gum disease can be managed, but there is a real danger that it will result in early tooth loss and this is why it is so important to be aware of the warning signs.
The most common sign of gum disease is bleeding gums; most people notice this when they are brushing their teeth and they pot traces of blood in their spit. Additional symptoms to be vigilant for are tender or swollen gums, which may get worse when you touch the gums.
If you notice symptoms of gum disease, the best thing to do is to see your dentist; call as soon as you can, rather than waiting for your next dental appointment in London.