Research has estimated that almost half of all adults in the UK, will have suffered from some form of gum disease at one point or another in their lives. The medical name for gum disease is Periodontal disease, and this is when your gums, and the tissue surrounding them are affected in a way that can cause your gums to bleed, or cause you to have bad breath. This is why it is so important to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible and visit a dentist regularly, as excessive gum disease can result the severe case of tooth loss.
When we eat or drink we get a build up of plaque, which is a sticky form of bacteria. This is why you need to brush and floss regularly. Some bacteria found in plaque is harmless to your teeth and gums, however some bacteria is not and will cause tooth decay and sore gums.
In most cases, good oral hygiene, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily and regular trips to the dentist will extremely reduce the risk of gum disease. Your dentist & hygienist will also show you how to clean your teeth properly, and can also give you a thorough clean. This will remove any tartar build up, which is plaque that has turned hard. However if your gum diseases is beyond help, by good oral hygiene alone, then you will need to consult with your dentist about the options available to you, on how to treat the problem.
If you think you may have gum disease, or would just like to speak to one of our dental professionals about a thorough clean of your teeth and gums, along with advice on how to keep good oral hygiene, then please book a free consultation today.