If you’ve ever experienced red, tender or swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, it may be a sign that you have gum disease, also called gingivitis.
Most people focus on making sure their teeth are clean and healthy, and just assume that their gums are fine. But your gums are like the foundation of a building – if the foundation has a problem, the building will too. That’s why Renton Dental’s team of dentists in Paddington are always keen to help you maintain the health of your gums.
Signs you could have gum disease
When bacteria sit on or around the base of your teeth in the gum, they will cause the tissue to become swollen and bleed when you brush or floss. Because of the damage that this inflammation causes, the tissue around the base of your teeth can then retract, exposing the roots of your teeth.
You may have heard of the expression “long in the tooth”, which is often used to describe an older person. This expression originated because gum recession makes teeth look longer and is usually associated with older teeth. However, without effective dental care, gum recession can happen at any age.
How gum disease affects your oral health
Because the covering on your tooth roots is softer than the enamel on the rest of your tooth, when your tooth roots are exposed they are much more susceptible to decay.
When bacteria move in around the base of your tooth this can also result in inflammation, causing deep pockets to form in your gums. These pockets are then an ideal breeding place for even more bacteria, which can destroy the ligaments that hold your tooth firmly in place. Over time, this means gum disease can cause bone loss in your jaw.
And it’s not just your oral health that can be affected by gum disease. When you have inflammation in your gums, your body sets up an immune response to fight it. If your gum health doesn’t improve, your body will be constantly fighting a battle that will only get worse. Researchers have found links between gum problems and other inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and atherosclerosis (the hardening and narrowing of the arteries which is a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease.)
It’s easy to see why our Paddington dentists are particularly keen to work with you to treat gum disease and improve your gum health. At Renton Dental, we believe there are significant things you can do about gum disease.
How to guard against gum disease
Regular, effective tooth brushing combined with using dental floss and/or interdental brushes can dramatically improve your gum health. Being consistent and diligent is the key. Having your teeth cleaned by a dental professional at least twice a year will remove the food debris that has hardened on your teeth to form tartar. This debris reduces your ability to clean your teeth and gums effectively.
Regular visits to Renton Dental will also provide an ongoing professional assessment of your gum health and ways you can actively treat gum disease or prevent it happening at all. Our Paddington dentists will be happy to give you all the information and assistance you need to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.
Make an appointment at our Paddington dental practice today
Because gum disease is usually painless in its early stages, it’s very likely that you may not be aware that you have it. But gum disease can be treated with good oral hygiene routine and early treatment from your dentist.
These are both very good reasons to visit Renton Dental regularly, so that we can monitor the health of your teeth and gums, and treat the first signs of gum disease before it becomes more severe.