You should take just as much care looking after your gums as you do with your teeth. Gum disease is actually a great cause of tooth loss than tooth decay itself and having diseased gums can be painful and inconvenient. Nobody wants to have to go through the indignity of tooth loss or invasive surgery so read on to find out about how you can successfully beat gum disease.
The most common form of gum disease – gingivitis – results from an excess of plaque on the gum line of teeth. The gums become inflamed and visibly reddened, sometimes they will bleed and be rather sensitive too. You might experience bad breath and odd tastes in the mouth. If gingivitis is not dealt with then it can lead onto periodontitis, where the inflammation has spread to the bones holding teeth in place.
If you report symptoms to your Bath dentist and he or she diagnoses gingivitis, it is likely that you will simply be advised to tighten up your daily dental hygiene routine. This means taking better care brushing to remove more plaque and also being sure to floss to get to the plaque that can easily build up between the teeth and against the gum.
Your dentist might recommend that you use a special mouth wash, formulated to take extra care of inflamed gums. Sometimes, if your dentist fears that tartar (hardened plaque) is being to form against the gums then you might be given a professional clean as tartar cannot be removed by tooth brushes.
If you are worried about gum disease and want to avoid it progressing into something worse, talk to your Bath dentist today.