Ah gum disease! It can sound terrifying but gum disease is something that a lot of people suffer with and is very manageable. That being said it is of serious concern when we consider our oral health. Gum disease can cause swollen and sore gums or lead to bleeding when brushing your teeth or eating. These are inconvenient and uncomfortable effects but perhaps you think they can be ignored? Beyond just bad breath the consequence of ignoring gum disease could be much more severe. Let’s take a look at how you can fight back with the help of your dentist in Liverpool.
What is the source of gum disease?
Here at Liverpool Smile Studio, we have a lot of experience handling cases of gum disease and we can say that most of us will get some form of gum disease. Why can we be so confident in saying that? Well, the cause of gum disease really comes down to that age-old enemy of dentists plaque! The bacteria contained in plaque can stick around your teeth and gums, the more harmful of these bacteria can then lead to gum disease. So fight the pesky plaque and we can fight gum disease.
What are the symptoms of gum disease
Your dentist in Liverpool will be able to clue you up on all the signs of gum disease but they include swollen and tender gums. An obvious sign is blood when you spit. After brushing your teeth if there is a little or a lot of blood this could be early signs that you are suffering from gum disease. These are the early stages that are best known as gingivitis. Bad Breath often accompanies gingivitis so can be classed as a potential sign.
So what about this plaque?
Adhere to a strict oral hygiene routine! It’s simple really, we need to be in good habits to keep the harmful bacteria away from our gums. Brush at least twice a day, floss to remove the plaque from hard to reach areas and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to get everywhere else. This simple but effective routine can be your primary weapon in the fight against gum disease.
What can we do to help?
As your dentist in Liverpool, we will help you identify any early signs of oral health issues. Regular trips to Liverpool Smile Studio will mean that if there is sign of something more sinister then we can spot it early and advise you on exactly how to combat it. If you see any of the early signs mentioned above then contact us and we can arrange a consultation where we can fully address the situation and put your mind at ease about what to do next.
Can I just ignore the small signs of gum disease?
Yes, you can, but it will develop into something more serious if you do. Don’t ignore swollen gums or blood when you brush, gingivitis can quickly develop into periodontitis where the symptoms become much more severe including painful abscesses on your gums and your teeth can become loose and unstable. Loss of teeth can occur if ignored for too long. So get in touch with us at Liverpool Smile Studio if you have any concerns about gum disease or your oral health in general.