Posted on 23rd October 2018
Spotting the Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is an extremely common condition. BUPA – the private health insurer – estimates that up to 90% of the adult population has gum disease to some degree. Most of these will have the gum inflammation that is known as gingivitis. Left untreated, this can develop into the more severe form of gum disease – periodontitis. Spotting the signs of gum disease and seeking early treatment is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Early Warning Signs
Gum disease, especially in the early stages, is not necessarily painful. It is perfectly possible to have diseased gums and not realise it – this is why it is essential that you have regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist. Early warning signs might include:
- Swelling or redness on your gums.
- Light bleeding when you brush or floss.
Indications of Severe Gum Disease
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. Indications that you have this more advanced type of gum disease could include:
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.
- Receding gums.
- Very sensitive or even wobbly teeth.
- The sudden appearance of abscesses.
Treatment at Norfolk Dental Specialists
At Norfolk Dental Specialists, we have clinicians that are specialists in periodontal treatment. They have skills that take years to acquire. Other dentists will refer their patients to members of our team for treatments such as our ‘gum therapy’ advanced periodontal treatment. All of our treatments are safe, effective, and impart minimal discomfort.
If you have any questions about any of our procedures, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call our reception on 01603 632525.