Its very common! Gum disease is a condition where your gums become swollen, sore and infected. Gum Disease mainly develops in adults and is much less common in children.
There are two different stages of gum disease which starts with bleeding gums or bad breath, this stage is called gingivitis and left untreated can develop into the next stage. Stage two is called periodontists, these symptoms include tooth lose and your jaw bone could even decay. Periodontists stage can leave you with gaps between the gum and teeth, also includes severe sore and swollen gums.
Gum disease is not something to take lightly and must be prevented as soon as possible.
- Sore gums
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loss of teeth
- Bad breath
- Gum abscesses
What is the main causes of gum disease?
Evil, harmful plaque! its the main reason why gum disease occurs and if built up enough can irritate the gum area. Gum disease can cause sores, gum abscesses, swollen gums then leading to severe bacteria infections which then can develop into gum disease.
How to avoid gum disease?
You must remove most of the plaque to avoid getting gum disease, some plaque is actually harmless but other forms of plaque is harmful to the gums. A normal dental hygiene routine will prevent this, simply correct brushing of your teeth and flossing preferably morning and night would prevent it.
If you think you have the first signs of gum disease, see you dentist make that appointment as further down the line you may lose all your teeth.
Dental check-ups is a must
You should also visit the dentist for routine check ups, they will also give your teeth a thorough clean and remove any hardened plaque that your tooth brush can’t manage.
If you smoke or if you have diabetes you could be advised to visit your dentist more often than someone who doesn’t smoke or does’t have diabetes, this is because you will have a greater risk in developing gum disease.
If you live in the UK please visit the NHS website for further information and treatment