Your gums are like cushions for your teeth: they surround the teeth in the jaws and help to support them. Looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth, otherwise, you are more likely to experience gum disease.
If you fail to regularly visit the dentist for a checkup, you may experience dental problems from time to time, including bleeding gums. Most of the time, your dentist can prevent gum disease by noticing the signs before they turn into problems.
Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush them could be a sign of gum disease, also known as gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis, which affects the entire area surrounding the tooth. A result of this could be losing your tooth so it’s vital to avoid it.
The Symptoms of Gum Disease
Knowing the symptoms of gum disease can help to prevent it from worsening. Some common gum disease symptoms include sore gums, bleeding gums and inflamed gums, with patients of more severe cases of gum disease experiencing receding gums, loose teeth, gum abscesses or loss of teeth.
Gingivitis or gum disease is typically the result of plaque build-up on the teeth due to poor oral habits, such as not brushing your teeth properly or flossing. This may cause your gums to swell and bleed very easily. When untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis.
Bleeding gums is a way of your body telling you that something isn’t right. With links between gum disease and general health conditions relating to the heart and kidneys, having gum disease treated when you first notice the signs is critical.
How to Treat Gum Disease
The best way to treat gum disease is to maintain good oral health by brushing twice a day, flossing in between the teeth and using a dentist-recommended mouthwash. Some cases of gum disease can be treated at home, whereas most can only be treated by visiting your dentist for gum disease treatment.
You should also regularly visit your dentist for check-ups as they will carry out a thorough dental examination during every appointment and may even be able to detect the first signs of gum disease before you do. You can also find out more by reading our dental guide, Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?
To keep your mouth in tip-top shape we recommend you come in for regular hygiene appointments and dental check-ups. For most patients, this will be six months, however, your dentist will advise on the safest amount of time to detect problems relating to your gums, teeth or oral health.
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