What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease (Periodontal) is an infection of the gum tissue that helps to hold your teeth in place. It can happen when brushing and flossing techniques are poor. This leads to plaque, the film of bacteria that continually grows on teeth, to build up and harden. Gum disease often shows as sore, bleeding gums, painful gums and even tooth loss!
Brushing and flossing regularly helps to remove the plaque from your teeth but if you don’t do these things as often as you should or correctly, the plaque can harden and form tartar that brushing alone cannot clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist can remove this tartar build up.
The Signs of Gum Disease
If you have any of the following symptoms you should book an appointment as soon as possible to help prevent further problems with your smile:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Sore of bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
If you fail to address issues with your teeth and gums at this stage you may very well find that you have to visit a specialist periodontist for future treatment in an effort to prevent tooth loss. Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in Ireland and as it is relatively easy to treat in its early stages it makes sense to visit a dental practice as soon as you notice changes with your smile.
Don’t be embarrassed if you are concerned about how long you have left arranging a visit for treatment. As specialist Periodontists we’ve seen every level of gum disease, nothing can shock us. Be assured that whatever the condition of your gums and teeth we’re here to help and help you take positive steps towards your very best smile.