Often overlooked in favour of teeth, maintaining healthy gums is just as important to having a healthy mouth. Experts believe that as much as three quarters of the adult population of Britain over the age of thirty five are currently suffering from some stage of gum disease, which is a greater cause of tooth loss than tooth decay itself. Contact your City of Leeds dentist today as gum disease in its early stages is often entirely reversible.
Gingivitis is the most common gum disease, resulting in painful reddening of the gums. They may bleed during brushing and eating and drinking can be made more difficult. Normal dental hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day and flossing can ensure that gingivitis doesn’t take hold.
If left to progress, gingivitis can lead to other debilitating gum diseases such as periodontitis. This extreme stage of gingivitis causes inflammation of the gums which spreads to the bones holding the teeth in place and can lead to teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out.
Signs to look out for are any bleeding when brushing your teeth and be vigilant for redness and swelling in the mouth. Bad breath too can be a sign of gingivitis. If your teeth suddenly feel like they don’t quite ‘fit’ in your mouth as well as they used to or you experience an odd ‘metallic’ taste, you may be in the early stages of gum disease.
Your dentist will be able to spot all of these signs. Carry on your regular dental hygiene regime and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about but be sure to keep an eye out and any gum disease can be stopped early to avoid tooth loss.