Gum disease is extremely common and frustratingly preventable because most adults suffer from it in one form or another, whether mild or severe. Gum disease is a leading cause of adult tooth loss because of gum recession which increases tooth instability. Here are our Galway dentist tips on how to spot the signs of gum disease and how to prevent it through scrupulous dental hygiene techniques.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth and rests on top of the gum line. The bacteria in plaque irritate the soft tissues of your gums and cause them to inflame, which can be uncomfortable depending on its severity. Gum disease can very quickly worsen if the plaque isn’t removed with proper at-home and dental care, because the plaque can harden into yellow tartar which is impossible to remove without professional teeth cleaning from your dentist.
Recognise the symptoms
Your gums may appear red, inflamed, swollen, puffy, and receding from the base of your teeth which causes your teeth to look longer. Bad breath is a common sign of gum disease because of the bacteria present in your mouth, and you may even develop abscesses or pockets in your gums. You might also notice that your gums are sensitive when brushing or to hot or cold temperatures, and they may bleed a little too. If when you spit your toothpaste into the basin you notice streaks and flecks of red blood, then you are noticing a symptom of gum disease.
How to prevent gum disease
At-home care is very important for preventing gum disease, and you can do this through flossing once a day and using an anti-bacterial mouth wash once a day. Flossing removes pieces of plaque and food debris from between your teeth, which are very hard to reach places when just brushing. This ensures there is no plaque hiding out of sight to irritate your gums. Anti-bacterial mouthwash also helps to kill lingering bacteria in your mouth and improve your dental hygiene, lessening their presence and the development of plaque.
Of course, you also need to regularly visit your Galway dentist for professional cleanings. Our professional teeth cleaning appointments provide deep, in-depth cleaning for your teeth and remove plaque and tartar to leave your mouth healthier and cleaner. This is absolutely essential to preventing gum disease because our dentists will clean all the places your home methods miss.
Book an appointment with your Galway dentist
Keep your mouth healthy and happy with professional teeth cleaning with Galway Dentists. Book your appointment with us today on (091) 58 22 22 or Contact Us online.