Well it certainly doesn’t sound very nice but it’s actually more common than you think. It’s a condition whereby the gums become sore, red, swollen and even infected. Most of us may experience Gum Disease at least once in our lifetime but it is less common in children and teenagers.
You may have heard of Gingivitis which is the early stage of Gum Disease. This can cause red gums that bleed when brushing and it can also cause bad breath. If treated then you can most certainly avoid Gum Disease. If left untreated, the tissue and gums supporting the teeth will weaken leading to tooth loss.
Early symptoms can be red, swollen and bleeding gums (after brushing - known as Gingivitis)
If more advanced, you will experience bad breath, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, loose teeth and even abscesses.
In rare cases if left untreated for a long time, your gums will bleed, you will suffer from painful ulcers as well as difficulty eating and swallowing as well as a fever.
You should contact your dentist as soon as you spot the early signs; although there are mouth washes that can help with gingivitis. Should symptoms persist you need to book as appointment as soon as possible so we can stop Gum Disease in its tracks!
It can be caused my many things but poor oral hygiene is the main culprit. Not brushing your teeth regularly and letting plaque build-up around the teeth and gums is a big NO NO! In time you will get a build up of bacteria in the mouth which can deteriorate your teeth and gums. Brush and floss regularly and keep your dental check ups up to date and you can avoid Gum Disease.
Yes it can, even children if they do not maintain good oral hygiene. However, those who smoke are more at risk; it can also be hereditary in some cases. Stress, Old Age and Diabetes can also make you more prone to Gum Disease. If you fit into any of these categories have a chat with your dentist to ensure they stay on top of your concerns about dental hygiene!
Let’s work together to keep Gum Disease at bay.