Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Periodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the gum and bone tissue around your teeth, which helps prevent gum disease and stops you losing your teeth.
What Are the Main Symptoms of Gum Disease?
- Bleeding gums (this is very important as healthy gums do not bleed)
- Bad breath
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Swollen and inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
What Factors Can Increase the Likelihood of Gum Disease?
- Frequent smoking
- High stress levels
- Heart disease
- Poor cleaning
- Having a stroke
New research has identified links between gum disease and certain long-term conditions such as Alzheimer’s or heart disease, so it is in the interest of your overall health to keep your gums as healthy as possible.
The Stages of Gum Disease
This is the earliest stage of gum disease. When plaque builds up around the tooth, the surrounding gums become swollen and inflamed. When the plaque is removed through effective brushing, the swelling will subside.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. This is much more aggressive and causes the breakdown and loss of surrounding bone and gum. The tooth can become loose due to periodontitis and may eventually be lost.
What Does A Periodontist Do?
Our periodontics Chelmsford team specialise in caring for the gums. If you are showing symptoms of advanced gum disease, you will be referred to a periodontist for treatment, which will include the following:
- A thorough examination of your mouth with X-rays and measurements
- A personalised treatment plan to help treat the existing problems and help the gums to become healthier
- A thorough teeth clean to prevent further infection
Regular check-ups will need to be arranged to check your progress and to implement plans to prevent further gum problems from occurring.
Prevent Gum Disease with Sharrow Dental
Our specialist periodontists in Chelmsford, Essex are trained to spot gum disease at a very early stage. If you are showing signs of gum disease, our trained team of Chelmsford periodontists will be able to form a comprehensive treatment plan to help control and/or prevent the disease process.
Gum disease is treatable but not reversible, so if you have any of the symptoms of early gum disease, be sure to book a consultation with Sharrow Dental as soon as possible.
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