Healthy gums reduce the risk of tooth loss
Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. Millions of adults have some form of gum disease, yet only a very small fraction realise it because gum pain is not an early symptom. It is important if you notice any signs of bleeding that you make an appointment with the dentist so that they can assess your teeth. They may advise that you attend for an appointment with the hygienist who will be able to scale and polish your teeth and provide you with oral hygiene advice to follow in between appointments. With appropriate treatment it is possible to slow down and even halt the spread of the disease.
Gum disease is currently the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK, so it is imperative that you get treatment as quickly as possible if you notice any of the following symptoms.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
Treatment for Gum Disease
If you notice any of the symptoms you should attend for an appointment with your dentist so that they can put in place an effective treatment plan. The main treatment for gum disease is a good oral hygiene routine.
- Brush teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
- Use interdental cleaning aids daily
- Attend for regular hygienist visits
- Swollen, red gums
- Sore gums
- Gums bleed on brushing
- Infected gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth