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Learn More about Gum Disease

How much do you know about gum disease? Unless you have suffered from this condition then the answer is probably not very much but unfortunately gum disease is quite prevalent and will affect many people to some degree or other during the course of their lifetime. It is a condition that we take extremely seriously here at Southend Dental Care and is one of the reasons why we like to see you every six months for regular check-ups and is why we strongly suggest that you keep up with regular hygiene appointments. So what is gum disease?

gum-diseaseGum disease is a bacterial infection that is normally caused by poor oral hygiene. Every day bacteria build up in your mouth, causing a sticky plaque bacteria biofilm to form over the surfaces of your teeth. This plaque biofilm produces toxins that will infect and inflame your gums and even worse, if not thoroughly removed during brushing and flossing will soon harden into a substance called tartar which will continue to infect your gums.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Common symptoms of gum disease include gums that look rather red or swollen and they may even feel a bit tender when you touch them. You might notice they begin to bleed when you brush or floss. As the disease progresses, you may notice your teeth begin to look a bit longer than before because the gums have begun to pull away from your teeth. This has the effect of causing pockets in between your gums and your teeth. The thing about these pockets is that they can be very difficult to keep thoroughly clean and create the ideal conditions for bacteria to thrive. At this stage you have a condition called periodontal disease which is far more serious than the early signs of gum disease which is a condition called gingivitis.

How Dental Treatment Can HelpPrevent Gum Disease

The good news is that gum disease is entirely preventable and we can work with you to make sure your gums always remain strong and healthy. By coming to see our dentist in Southend at regular intervals, we can soon pick up on the very early signs of gum disease and will prescribe the most suitable treatment, hopefully before it has caused any permanent damage to your gums. Regular visits to our hygienist are also extremely important as a scale and polish will remove all hardened plaque or tartar from your teeth, reducing the risk of gum infection. At the same time you will find our hygienist is great at helping you improve your oral hygiene routine at home. By carefully assessing your gums, they can tell you any areas you might be missing out when brushing or flossing and can advise you on the best tools to use and can even show you some different techniques.

If you recognise some of the symptoms of gum disease, particularly if your gums have begun to bleed, then we urge you to come and see us as soon as you can. Gum disease can cause tooth loss and even worse it can affect your general health because the bacteria in your mouth can enter into your bloodstream through your bleeding gums. Call us today to book your appointment with our dentist in Southend on 01702 465000.

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