Gum disease

Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease at Beau Monde Dental Care in Bristol

Although tooth decay is often perceived to be one of the biggest causes of tooth loss; the fact is that gum disease is often a major factor too, and one that is often overlooked.

In its early stages, gum disease, or gingivitis as it is also known, is relatively easy to treat. However, if left untreated, it will develop into periodontitis where the bacteria attacks the bone in the jaw that holds your teeth firmly into place. When this happens, the bone density decreases, causing your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.

Symptoms

Gum disease may present a number of symptoms, or in some cases, none at all (which is why regular check ups are important). The most likely symptoms are sore or swollen gums, bleeding when brushing the teeth and bad breath. Whilst some of these may be obvious, others may not be as noticeable and, if you are in doubt, it is better to be safe than sorry and we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can arrange to check it for you.

Gum Disease Prevention

Gum disease (gingivitis) is relatively easily prevented and takes little more than a good oral health regime. Regular brushing and flossing of the teeth will give you a good head start to preventing it from occurring. You should, of course, ensure that you brush for a minimum of two minutes and ensure that your toothbrush, or the head of an electric toothbrush, is changed every three months to ensure that it is still efficient at removing the bacteria from your teeth and gums.

If you find flossing difficult, we do recommend that you persevere as this will help to remove any food debris and bacteria from between your teeth. If, after some time however, you find that you are unable to floss, please do contact us to discuss other options, such as interdental sticks, that are available.

You should also ensure that you are sufficiently hydrated, especially before going to bed. The bacteria that causes gum disease thrive in warm dry environments and ensuring that you are able to produce saliva will help flush the bacteria away.

Gum Disease Treatment

Although gum disease is easily prevented, it can still build up in areas that are difficult to reach. For this reason, and for your overall oral health, we recommend that you visit Beau Monde Dental Care in Bristol on a regular basis. As well as enabling us to monitor your overall oral health, we will be able to spot any potential build up of the plaque which causes gum disease. One of the most popular places for this to accumulate is at the rear of the back teeth, where brushing is often difficult.

When gum disease does occur, in many cases, we will simply be able to recommend ways to improve the care of your teeth, and this may be sufficient to clear the problem in itself.

Where the plaque build up is more problematic however, it may be necessary to ‘scrape and polish’ the teeth in order to remove the plaque. This is not an invasive treatment although it can cause a little discomfort and a local anaesthetic may be given depending on the severity of the problem.

In its more advanced stages i.e. when periodontitis occurs, it may be possible to save your teeth by performing a deep clean. This is similar to the above ‘scrape and polish’ but involves the scraping of the plaque from the tooth well below the gum line. This can be an uncomfortable experience and a local anaesthetic will be needed.

Depending on how advanced the periodontitis is, it may be that some teeth need to be extracted and replaced with dentures or other alternative. However, we will always try to avoid this where possible.

If you have displayed any of the symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding or sore gums, please contact us on 0117 330 3495 to arrange a consultation and allow the problem to be treated in its early stages before it advances to a more serious stage.

At Beau Monde, your local dentist in Bristol, we can help you. Contact us to have a confidential chat with one of our dentists and they will guide you through the steps to get your gums back to health.

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