Recognising periodontal disease
Many of you will recognise some of the gum disease symptoms without even knowing that you are suffering from it. This is because, often, symptoms do not induce pain and, as such, can go unnoticed. Therefore, it’s important that you attend regular check-ups with your dental team and maintain good oral hygiene.
The early signs of gum disease can be easily spotted, and should not be neglected. Although some of us might have experienced a slight bit of bleeding from overzealous brushing, if bleeding gums are a regular occurrence, then this should not be overlooked. Combine this with red and swollen gums, then gingivitis is more than likely to be the cause. At this stage it is important not only to persevere with a good brushing technique and cleaning between the teeth, but also to seek a professional opinion. Your dentist or hygienist can prescribe the appropriate care to fight the symptoms of gum disease you may be experiencing. Whilst it’s easy to believe that there’s not much to worry about, if ignored then it is likely that the infection will develop into periodontitis, an irreversible stage of gum disease.
Catch any Gum Problems Early
It is always ideal to identify and treat any disease before it becomes advanced and this is also true for gum disease. The symptoms of gum disease can be unpleasant and the longer it is left untreated the more likely they are to progress; this can lead to further dental complications.
As soon as infection or inflammation occurs in our body our immune system is activated to fight it, with gum disease a combination of the bacterial infection and our body’s own natural reaction can cause further development of the gum pockets and further destruction of the periodontal tissues. Once the infection has caused the periodontal tissues to be destroyed the disease is no longer reversible and can only be stabilised, therefore treatment before it reaches this irreversible stage is important.
If you have any of these symptoms, visit your dentist as soon as possible for diagnosis and advice. Or call us on 020 7247 7400 to speak our friendly team or fill out our contact form.