- 26% of adults have untreated dental decay
- 23% have moderate to serious gum disease
Have you ever experienced bleeding gums after brushing or flossing your teeth?
Bleeding or swollen gums are a sign that you may have early stages of gum disease, which is also known as periodontitis.
Inflammation of your gums occurs when there is a build up of dental plaque. This can be avoided through daily brushing. Plaque contains bacteria, which causes your immune system to produce substances that damage and irritate the gums. Gum disease can spread and cause permanent damage and over time, can progress to periodontitis. It’s important to stop the progress of gum disease by seeing your dentist as soon as possible.
Causes of gum disease are:
- Missing dental check-ups
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking (major risk factor for periodontitis)
- Medical conditions related to the immune system
If you find it difficult to clean your teeth due to dental bridges, braces or any other treatments or devices you are at higher risk.
Hormone fluctuations during pregnancy and puberty can temporarily increase your chances of getting gum disease.
If you have any of the below symptoms, you should make an appointment to come and see us:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Sensitive teeth or gums
- Bad breathe
- Teeth that have moved
- Loose teeth
The good news is that gum disease can be treated. The earlier you start treatment, the easier it is to treat. Make sure you are having regular check-ups with your dentist (every 6 months) and are brushing and flossing every day.