When it comes to gum disease, it’s really beneficial to be aware of the danger signs, as mild gum disease can quickly become more advanced. Seeing your dentist as soon as you notice symptoms can help to prevent the problem from becoming more serious and ensure that you don’t have to endure painful and sore gums.
Spotting the warning signs of gum disease
The most common symptoms of mild gum disease, which is also known as gingivitis, include swollen and sore gums and bleeding when you clean your teeth. As gum disease becomes more advanced, symptoms tend to become more apparent and include redness, inflammation, pain and tenderness. In advanced cases, the gums recede and pockets develop between the teeth and gums.
What should I do if I think I have gum disease?
If your gums are sore or swollen or you notice blood when you brush your teeth, call us and arrange an appointment. If you do have gum disease, it’s best to treat it as early as possible to prevent it from becoming more severe. Mild gum disease is relatively easy to treat, but advanced gum disease causes irreversible damage to the bone structure that holds the teeth in place, meaning that they eventually come loose.
How can I prevent gum disease?
The best way of lowering your chances of developing gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene. Your daily oral hygiene regime should include brushing and flossing. You should aim to brush every morning and every evening for at least 2 minutes each time, using fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily will help to remove bacteria and any leftover bits of food from the spaces between your teeth and ensure that your gum line is clean. We also recommend seeing a dentist every 6 months for a check-up and visiting our amazing dental hygienists.