Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

A good level of oral hygiene is essential to ensure your teeth are in the best health, but it also protects the gums. Many people focus on cleaning teeth, but gums must be cared for to prevent issues such as gum disease.

Gum Disease – What is it?

Gum disease refers to swollen, red gums caused by bacteria in the mouth. Inadequate oral hygiene is the primary cause, but there are several other factors. Excessive drinking and smoking also contribute significantly to gum disease. Anything that leads to the accumulation of plaque and tartar increases the risk of gum disease.

Gum Disease – Symptoms

Some people with gum disease may not be aware they have it due to symptoms being mild or non-existent. However, usually, there are some warning signs and these include:
• Sore or sensitive gums
• Swollen or inflamed gums
• Gums bleeding randomly or when you brush your teeth
• Pus on the gum line or teeth
• Bad breath (halitosis)
• Loose teeth
• Bad taste in the mouth
• If you experience any of the above, it is essential to visit a dental specialist, such as The Practice at Mortlake, as soon as you can.

Gum Disease – Prevention

Most people will suffer from gum disease at some stage. Usually, it is mild and curable with the right dental assessment and oral care. Preventing gum disease is mainly common sense, with a good level of oral hygiene being at the top of the list. Here are some ways to reduce the chance of gum disease:
• Brush twice a day
• Floss daily
• Brush with an electric toothbrush
• Brush with the bristles at a 45-degree angle to reach under the gum line and remove food, debris and bacteria.
• Do not smoke
• Reduce alcohol intake
• Avoid dehydration

Gum Disease – Treatment

Regular dentist and hygienist appointments will help reduce the risk and treat the start of gum disease as it reduces the accumulation of bacteria and tartar. This will also allow you to discuss your oral hygiene and the health of your gums and teeth.
Scale and polishing is a treatment that removes tartar from the teeth and gumline, leaving them healthier and less inflamed.
The most important thing, as already mentioned, is a high level of oral hygiene. Keeping the mouth clean will help tackle gum inflammation and the issues that come from it.
For information on our dental services, contact The Practice At Mortlake on 0208 8795398.