Although teeth seem to receive far more attention, it is vital that you look after your gums with just as much care and attention. In fact gum disease causes more tooth loss than tooth decay itself. And if gum disease is allowed to progress then it can turn into something far worse.
If you have gingivitis – the most common and basic form of gum disease – your gums will be rather swollen and red. You might experience extra sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold substances and may even be prone to bleeding. Gingivitis is not that serious in itself, more inconvenient than anything, but it is vital to nip it in the bud so it does not progress into periodontal disease.
Periodontitis is always preceded by gingivitis and it is a serious condition. It involves the inflammation of the bones which hold the teeth in place. Chronic pain will ensue as your gums swell and bleed, more severely than with gingivitis. The gums can then recede, making it appear as if your teeth are lengthening. Tooth loss is the eventual outcome as the inflamed bone and receded gums become unsuitable for holding your teeth in place.
Periodontitis is usually the result of a period of poor oral hygiene. If enough plaque builds up on the gum line of teeth and gingivitis is not reversed then periodontitis can occur. Plaque will harden into tartar which can only be removed by dental professionals.
Periodontal disease is just another reason to visit your Weston-Super-Mare dentist regularly. They can monitor your mouth and ensure that if you have a touch of gingivitis then it is dealt with before it can get any worse.