You may or may not have heard the rumour that gum disease is incurable - but this isn’t the case. Gum disease when left for long periods can become chronic, but even in the very worst cases it can usually be fixed over time. The key to good recovery is commitment to good oral health and regular dental check-ups. But in case you need more information here’s a round up of the signs and symptoms of gum disease and how our dentist in Sheffield can help you.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is the body's reaction to a build-up of plaque or tartar in and around the gum line of the tooth. Plaque and tartar builds due to a lack of good, all round cleaning. Just as your body would send a reaction of infection if a piece of dirt was left in an open wound - if dirt is left in your gums you’ll start to see signs of infection. Although it feels counterproductive this is the body trying to fight off bad bugs by warning you something is wrong.
How to spot signs of gum disease
The early signs of gum disease can include redness or swelling around the gums, gums starting to bleed when you brush your teeth and bad breath. You may even have weird tastes in your mouth, the gums beginning to shrink back and teeth feeling loose or even falling out.
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms then you should contact our dentist in Sheffield at Sandygate Dental as soon as possible, so they can complete a full examination to check the cause of your symptoms.
How can gum disease be treated?
The treatment for gum disease very much depends on the severity of the disease itself, if you are in the very early stages and you are only seeing swelling, redness or bleeding it’s highly likely that a quick trip to your hygienist will be an adequate treatment option. A hygenist is a special type of dental professional who just looks after the health and wellbeing of gums and teeth. They can offer patients special deep cleans to bring out all the hidden germs causing disease. This clean along with review of your oral hygiene routine should be enough to heal gums and stop further infections.
More complicated cases
In some cases it could be that you are beyond the stage where cleaning alone can help and you could need further assistance from your dentist. It very much varies case to case, but for some people antibiotics might be used to heal infection. Or it could be that teeth need to be removed or a root canal procedure is needed.
It’s worth noting that gum disease has to have seriously developed to reach these stages and people shouldn’t worry - as long as you are attending regular check-ups with your dentist and practise consistent, complete oral health regimes you should be in a good place.
Good oral health
For more information on good oral health speak with our dentist in Sheffield, or have a look online. There are plenty of resources to help you.