Watching out for the first signs of gum disease

The ritual of brushing our teeth twice a day has been drummed into us since we were babies. Yet studies have shown that a quarter of British adults do not brush the recommended twice a day. Neglecting to brush will not only make your smile less clean and bright but could have knock-on effects such as gum disease. Scientists say that the best possible way to avoid gum disease is simply to brush and floss regularly.

What are the signs of gum disease?

The signs of gum disease include:

  • Mouth pain.
  • Sores in the mouth.
  • Regular bad breath.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Gaps appearing in the teeth.
  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss.

Although you should be going for regular dental checks, if you have concerns or any of the above symptoms then you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

What causes gum disease?

There are many factors that may increase your chance of gum disease. Often this can be when there are other stresses in your body, such as an illness. Some of the causes can be:

  • Diabetes – this causes an increase in the chance of gum disease due to the fluctuation in blood sugars.
  • Grinding of the teeth.
  • Certain medications.
  • Poor nutrition.
  • Genetics – studies have shown that if there is a history of gum disease in your family then you have a higher risk and so should visit your dentist for a checkup.

Although there is a long list of possible causes of gum disease, the best means of prevention is to look after your teeth and your body. Brushing and flossing the recommended twice a day, along with regular dental checkups, are essential. Furthermore, ensuring that you have your five-a-day and exercising well will help keep disease at bay.

There are several stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is the early stage and the mildest symptom of gum disease. It causes swelling and bleeding of the gums and can often be reversed without surgery. Simple home care using a prescription mouthwash is often a successful remedy.

Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease. This can come in many different forms and although it can be treated, it is always best when caught early.

If you attend the dentist regularly then you will be looked after and gum disease will be spotted early enough to treat at home. If you have not been attending or are looking to switch dental care providers, then why not look into The Dental Suite Southampton. Their service is excellent and they are able to provide home care visits as well to those who are less able to make it into the surgery.

Gum disease is something that you want to prevent. A clean and healthy looking smile is what we all want to make ourselves feel better. The solution is following the daily routine that our parents taught us. Look after your teeth, and they will look after you.

 

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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