How Healthy Are Your Gums?

You might not want to think about it, but getting gum disease is surprisingly common. Few people can really spot the signs of developing gum disease. If it isn’t treated correctly, it can become quite a serious problem. Therefore, it is incredibly important that everyone is educated about spotting the signs quickly, so treatment can be efficient. Synergy, like as many other dental practices across the UK, take education towards oral diseases very seriously.

Types of Gum Disease

In terms of the varieties of gum diseases, there are two. Gingivitis is a milder case of gum disease, and it’s usually the beginning of much more serious afflictions of like periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe case which, for it to progress to the level, occurs from being left untreated or undetected. Gingivitis begins the infection in the gums and usually goes unnoticed by many people before it becomes too late; this is when periodontitis can start to cause damage.

The infection of periodontitis spreads to underneath the gum line and into the bone. In effect, this creates more permanent damage like the erosion of the teeth. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are known for causing issues such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, pneumonia, and even cancer.

Signs and Symptoms

•    Redness, swelling, and blood;

•    Bad breath;

•    Sensitive teeth;

•    Shifting or moving teeth.

Treatments

Unfortunately, depending on your stage of gum disease, the treatment is not simple and can be invasive when it has spread to the bone. An initial consultation will be required with your dentist. From there, they can make an informed decision on where to start and how long it will take.

The procedure may vary from practice to practice and case to case. Usually, What is needed is a deep clean underneath the gum line. This treatment will possibly take more than one session and could require local anaesthetic to complete.


Unsure about your dental health? Call your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic and we’ll be happy to help.