We often forget to maintain gum hygiene, which can be compromised by our diet, alcohol, smoking, and even poor hydration.
The point at which your gums attach to the teeth is called a sulcus and sometimes food and plaque can collect in this space and cause infection. Keeping your foundation healthy can be hugely beneficial for your overall oral hygiene.
Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that forms on the surface of your teeth. If left, plaque hardens to become tartar, and the problems can worsen when plaque extends below the gum line, causing infection. If plaque is built up, it may begin permanent damage to certain areas of the mouth, especially individual teeth. This form of damage may be untreatable in some cases and may result in teeth being removed in other cases.
Gingivitis and periodontitis, the two main forms of gum disease, involve inflammation of the gums and are preventable and treatable through a combination of appropriate dental hygiene and oral hygiene advice. Through gum hygiene methods, early detection of these gum diseases can be paramount to successful treatment.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, usually caused by a bacterial infection. If left untreated, it can become a serious infection, and this is known as periodontitis. Both are major causes of tooth loss in adults. Left unchecked, gingivitis can cause the gums to separate from the teeth. This can cause injury to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. The tooth may become loose and unstable. If the infection progresses, you may ultimately lose your tooth or need a dentist to remove it. As imaginable, this form of progressional disease may begin causing pain in areas of the mouth, causing distress and distraction.
Control of gum disease needs input from our team and requires proper professional treatment.
As the ‘gateway to the body’, your oral health is key to the general wellbeing and gums play a crucial role in its maintenance.
Speak to one of our team about how we can look after the foundations of your smile with a bespoke oral care plan.
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