Why Your Teeth Need Healthy Gums
People often think about good dental health as being all about having healthy teeth. While this is certainly important, good gum health is often overlooked. In fact healthy gums are vital for healthy teeth. Without the support of your gums, your teeth will soon become loose, no matter how white and healthy they may look. Here at Imperial Dental Care we take good gum health extremely seriously and will encourage you to have the strongest and healthiest gums you can with our preventative dental care plans. Whenever you visit us for dental exams and hygiene appointments, we will be checking for the very first signs of gum disease as this condition is unfortunately all too common and can have serious effects on your dental and general health.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by bacteria in your mouth. It is normally caused by poor oral hygiene although certain people with immune deficiencies or other medical conditions may be more at risk. Each day a layer of sticky plaque builds up over your teeth and you can probably feel it if you run your tongue over your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria and will soon harden into a substance called calculus which cannot be removed through regular brushing and flossing. Calculus releases toxins that will inflame and infect your gums, causing gum disease. The actual infection causes your gums to begin to bleed and eventually they will begin to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets in between your teeth in your gums that become a haven for even more bacteria to build up. Eventually teeth will become loose and it may be impossible for your Harrow dentist to save them.
The Potential Effect on Your General Health
As well as affecting your teeth, gum disease could impact your general health. There has been extensive clinical research into the way gum disease or periodontal disease can impact general health and it has been connected to many serious illnesses which include heart disease and diabetes. It’s thought the connection between gum disease and these diseases is due to the inflammatory nature of periodontal disease which can worsen existing health conditions or increase your risk of developing health problems.
How We Can Help You
Regular dental examinations enable us to pick up the very earliest signs of gum disease when it is a condition called gingivitis. At this stage gingivitis is completely curable, often quite easily by having your teeth professionally cleaned and by improving your oral hygiene routine at home. If your gum disease has advanced into periodontal disease then we can still help you by providing the very latest treatments or if necessary referring you to a periodontist who specialises in treating gum problems. Treatment for advanced periodontal disease is a lot more involved and is likely to be ongoing.
If you notice your gums have become red or swollen or that they bleed frequently when you brush or floss, then please make an appointment to come and see our Harrow dentist for a proper diagnosis. Other symptoms include bad breath or noticing your gums have begun to recede. The sooner we can see you, the better the chances of clearing up this condition so call us on 020 8427 2264.