Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Britain. A disease that is easily preventable with a straightforward oral hygiene routine, it is very common with adults with up to 9 in every 10 have some type of gum disease.
So, how do you know if you’re at risk of developing gum disease?
In this article, we look at the telltale signs that you need to change your oral hygiene routine.
But first, what is gum disease?
What is Periodontitis?
Gum disease is known as Periodontitis or as periodontal disease. It is where bacteria begin to grow in your mouth and, if left unchecked, can lead to tooth loss. This is because of the resulting damage to the gum tissue around the teeth, leaving it loose.
What is Gingervitis?
Gingivitis or gum inflammation normally precedes Periodontitis, it is where bacteria in plaque begins to build up and cause the gums to inflame. This is can lead to your gums bleeding easily when brushing or flossing. If unchecked, it can become periodontitis and then to tooth loss.
Signs of Gum Disease
Most people don’t realise they may be at risk or currently have gum disease. Here are some early signs that you may be on the road to having periodontitis.
Bad Breath - Also known as Halitosis, this is where you begin to develop terrible odours from your mouth and is, generally, this is an indicator of poor oral hygiene.
Bleeding Gums - Bleeding gums can occur when brushing or flossing your teeth. Healthy gums, like skin, should be able to be touched without bleeding or cutting easily.
Receding gums & Lose Teeth - As the disease progress, your gums will begin to recede and your teeth will feel loose.
How to Prevent Gum Disease?
Gum disease can be stopped and gingivitis can be reversed, provided you commit to a strong dental care routine that you maintain. Besides brushing and flossing regularly, this means at least two regular cleans by a dentist a year along with a regular check-up.
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