Why Healthy Teeth Need Healthy Gums
Here at Clacton Dental Care we find people are not always aware of the importance of healthy gums. In fact they provide invaluable support for your teeth and it is important to look after them in order to prevent tooth loss. When you visit us for regular check-ups or have a hygiene appointment then your gum health is one thing that we will be carefully assessing. Healthy gums are pale pink and will fit snugly around your teeth. They should be firm to touch and shouldn’t feel at all tender or painful.
Unfortunately gum disease or periodontal disease is very common and most people will develop this condition to some degree or other during their lifetime. This is where gums become infected due to plaque bacteria building up on the teeth. These bacteria release toxins which infect the gums and cause inflammation. It is the inflammation that is most destructive. Infected gums can appear swollen and red, may be painful to touch and are likely to bleed when you brush them.The early signs of gum disease are called gingivitis, while more advanced gum disease is called periodontitis.
Periodontitis Is a Serious Condition
Periodontitis is extremely serious and can often become chronic meaning we can only control the symptoms rather than cure the condition completely. It can destroy your gums, causing them to pull away from your teeth, which in turn creates deep pockets in between your teeth and gums. These pockets are extremely difficult to keep clean and provide the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. Thebacteria will also destroy the ligaments connecting your teeth to their sockets and eventually even the bone surrounding your teeth. Ultimately these teeth can become loose and we may be unable to save them.
Gum Disease Can Affect Your General Health
Another equally concerning factor about periodontitis is the way it can impact your general health. The bacteria in your mouth can get into your body through your bleeding gums and this can be a particular issue for systemic diseases such as diabetes.
Good Gum Health Is Very Straightforward
The good news is that periodontal disease is entirely preventable and with the proper dental care you can ensure your gums remain healthy and strong. When you visit our hygienist your gums will receive a full health check. If any signs of disease are found then we can provide the appropriate treatment. We do recommend that everyone has six monthly check-ups and hygiene appointments as this is by far the best way to pick up on any early signs of gum disease and before any permanent damage can be caused to your teeth and gums.If you are diabetic then it is well worth talking to our dentist in Clacton as we may suggest more regular dental visits to help prevent this condition. You will also find that we can work with you to improve your oral health at home.
If you are concerned about your gum health or are simply overdue for a hygiene appointment or a check-up, please contact our Clacton dentist to book an appointment on 01255 221001.