Gum Disease

Gum disease is surprisingly common and is often under-diagnosed. It is estimated that 50 to 90 per cent of the adult population has some degree of gum disease in the UK.

It can cause swollen gums, ulcers and bleeding when brushing. For something that can be prevented with due care, it is shocking that so many people are unaware of the dangers of this condition. Recent evidence suggests gum disease can be linked to blood clotting, heart disease and strokes.

A healthy set of gums are pink and firm, keeping teeth anchored in place. They should not bleed when you touch them or brush your teeth. A good Oral hygiene routine will ensure that this is maintained.

Noticeable features of gum disease are:

  • Swelling and redness of the gums.
  • Gum which start to bleed after brushing or flossing.
  • Bad breath. This may also include a foul taste in the mouth.
  • Sensitive teeth, which react to hot and cold liquid or simply when touched. Teeth may also fall out during much more advanced stages of this condition.
  • Pus seeping from the gums. Further, abscesses may also form with pus forming under the gums and teeth.
  • Receding gums

If such symptoms are recognised early, input from a dentist or hygienist can help stop gum disease progression, before it has started to cause any real damage. By allowing gum disease to fester and develop, gum disease can cause a smile to deteriorate rapidly.

Gum problems is something we look out for routinely and is one of the many things we check for during routine ‘Check up’s.’ Scaling’s are used to routinely to remove gum irritants such as plaque and calculus which contribute to and exacerbate gum problems. We take gum problems seriously; as such we have an in-house resident hygienist who is very highly regarded by those who have seen her. She helps treat and maintain people regarding their gums. Initially, going to the hygienist may be questioned by some people but once they have seen what she does, the only question they ask is ‘when do want to see me next?’