Gum disease is often a big problem for our patients.
Not only does it make your breath smell and leaves a metallic taste in your mouth, but it literally eats away at your gums causing dark triangular pockets to form between teeth as the gums begin to recede.
Cosmetically this is not a healthy look, but more than this it has detrimental consequences for your oral health.
When gum recession happens, teeth can become wobbly and loose!
Once this happens, tooth loss is very likely to happen. And if you have already lost one tooth, you can likely expect to lose more.
If you smoke, problems often occur first with the gums at the back of your mouth. The tar in cigarettes coats the gums and caused irritation. Smokers, therefore, have more tartar which also adds to poor oral health.
Let implant and periodontal experts like The Gentle Dental help.
Our mouths are the perfect homes for bacteria, so there’s no surprise that they are full of it.
It’s because of bacteria, alongside mucus and other particles that consistently form sticky, colourless plaque on teeth.
Good oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing, can help remove plaque.
When it is not removed it hardens on the teeth and forms tartar, which brushing will be unable to clean.
Only dental professionals can effectively remove tartar.
Other well-known common causes of gum disease:
Gums attach to the teeth at a lower point. This forms a space called sulcus, which food often gets trapped in.
When the food is not cleaned away, it becomes trapped in this space and then causes a gum infection (gingivitis).
Plaque is a very thin film of bacteria, which constantly forms on the surface of the teeth.
As this plaque advances, it gets harder and turns into tartar.
This cannot be removed through cleaning alone.
Left unchecked and ignored, gingivitis can quickly cause the gums to separate from the teeth, which leaves the tooth vulnerable as it becomes unstable, loose and wobbly.
This is often a sure sign of receding gums.
If the infection progresses, you will ultimately lose your teeth.
Not on its own.
It’s also important to bear in mind that once you’ve reached a certain stage of periodontal disease (advanced periodontal disease) that it cannot be cured, but it can be treated.
If gum disease is found in the early stages it can be reversed, and there are certain treatments we can use to reattach gums to the teeth, however, if gums begin to recede there is no way to make them grow back.
That’s why every dentist, implantologist and periodontist makes the claim that treating your gum disease as soon as you spot the signs is crucially important.
Continuing to smoke whilst undergoing treatment for gum disease can also make it less successful.
Other risk factors include diabetes, hormonal changes, medications and genetic susceptibility.
Whilst a dentist can help to properly treat symptoms of gingivitis, it’s important that you also do your part. You should cut back on smoking and keep up with a rigorous oral hygiene routine.
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