How to treat gum disease

How do I treat gum disease?

Gum disease is a very common issue that befalls thousands of people every year. Early gum disease can cause the gums to swell and bleed, which in the short term is very uncomfortable, but if left untreated can also result in a much more serious long-term issue where advanced treatment such as gum surgery being needed, or even full tooth extractions.

The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitisInflammation of gingival tissue without loss of connective tissue. and can be treated by regularly brushing your teeth, flossing and getting some expert advice from your dentist or hygienist. Brushing is particularly important, and you should be brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes. Cleaning between your teeth can help remove morsels of food that have been lodged in between the teeth, and if they remain, they can lead to the spread of disease. Another step you can take is rethinking your diet. If you are consuming a large quantity of sugar daily, then this is likely to exacerbate the issues you are facing and increase the likelihood of gum disease continuing. Finally, you dentist or hygienist can give your teeth a thorough clean to remove any hardened plaqueA soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives.(tartar).

However, if you have a more serious case of gum disease, surgery or further dental treatments may be required, as well as a visit to the periodontist. PeriodontalPertaining to the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth. surgery can be expensive and therefore combatting gum disease early is the best way to avoid any major issues in the future. If you have any questions about gum disease, please contact your dentist who will be able to elaborate in greater detail.

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