You may wonder why we preach to our patients that they see one of our highly trained hygienists regularly. Well, this is to help prevent the onset of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection which can lead to the loss of teeth if left untreated. In its early stage it is called gingivitis, but as it progresses it becomes known as periodontal disease. Recently it has also been suggested that untreated gum disease can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.
However, gum disease can be easily prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing), not smoking and by seeing a dentist and hygienist regularly. Some medical conditions such as diabetes can also predispose someone to periodontal disease.
The following symptoms are key signs of gum disease:
- Red / swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Tender/bleeding gums
- Discomfort when chewing
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitive teeth
If you have any concerns, or have noticed any of the above symptoms, please give us a call. Maintaining healthy gums is essential to oral health.