Gum Disease is also known as Periodontal Disease. It is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected. If you have gum disease your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath.
The early stages of gum disease is called Gingivitis. In healthy mouths, where the gums and teeth meet, there is a small pocket of approximately 2mm. When bacteria or debris such as plaque develop in this pocket it causes inflammation which causes the gums to bleed when we brush our teeth. Gingivitis is easily reversible by tweaking how you brush your teeth. We can help, please ask us at your next appointment.
If plaque is left and not removed by your Dentist or Hygienist, gingivitis can progress to Periodontitis (gum disease). This is where the bone holding your teeth in moves away from the area of inflammation and infection thus causing your teeth to become mobile. Although we can’t rebuild the bone we can stabilise it and regular appointments with our hygienists are so important for this.
What are the signs of gum disease?
- Swelling of the gums
- Redness of the gums
- Bad breath/bad taste in the mouth
- Bleeding after brushing or flossing
- ‘Itchy’ or painful gums
How can I prevent Gum Disease?
By removing the plaque that builds up on your teeth. This is done by:
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day
- Flossing or using interdental brushes between your teeth once a day
- Visiting the hygienist, your Dentist will advise you on how regularly you should arrange your visit
At Appletree Dental Surgery we routinely screen every patient for gum disease during their check‐up.
Your dentist and/or hygienist can show you the most effective ways to remove plaque from your teeth.
If you have concerns regarding your gum health please contact our friendly reception team to make an appointment.