Gum disease is like a silent killer lurking in the shadows. It can creep up and the result can be devastating. In many cases, there is no pain and by the time gum disease symptoms appear, the disease is accelerating to an advanced stage.
The stakes are high – failing to notice the early signs of gum disease can lead to periodontal disease, bone erosion, and eventual tooth loss.
What causes gum disease?
Simply put, gum disease is caused by poor oral health. The early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) is inflammation of the gum tissues caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth and the gum line.
Fortunately, this can usually be reversed with a professional dental clean followed by regular and thorough brushing and flossing.
All good so far – unless things happen to take a turn for the worse…
If ignored, gingivitis turn into periodontal disease which is the most advanced form of gum disease. It can still be treated but usually with more invasive techniques such as scaling and root planing.
It’s not just the gums that are affected by periodontitis, however. It can also cause the bone supporting your teeth to erode. If this has happened you may need more advanced procedures to regenerate lost tissue and bone.
Signs of gum disease
The more advanced stages of gum disease can be prevented in surprisingly simple ways – regular dental check-ups and good oral care at home go a long way.
Meanwhile, keep an eye out for these 7 gum disease symptoms:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums that have receded from the teeth
- Swollen, red gums
- Constant bad breath
- Changes in bite
- Pus in between teeth
- Loose permanent teeth
To give yourself the best chance of fighting this disease, be aware of the symptoms, attend 6 monthly dental check-ups and maintain good oral health.
If you are overdue a check-up or suspect you may have gum disease, Beyond Infinity Dental is here to help. Call 02 8806 3799 or book a consultation online.