Prevention and Treatment of Gingivitis

Gum Disease Treatment in Harley Street

Gum disease is not only relatively common, but can also be potentially serious. Thankfully, if it is caught early it is easily treatable.

With gingivitis affecting around one in every five people, this a potentially major health concern as research is increasingly indicating that not only is it likely to lead to the loss of teeth but also to other health problems such as heart disease and strokes.

How to Spot Gingivitis

It is relatively easy to spot if you have gum disease, although the severity of the symptoms will depend on the extent to which the disease has taken hold of the gums.

If you notice that your gums are bleeding at all, are swollen, or have become red and inflamed, then there is a strong possibility that you may have gingivitis and you should arrange a consultation with your cosmetic dentist as soon as possible. Another sign of gum disease is bad breath although this can, of course, be caused by other factors such as smoking and poor diet.

If you are pregnant, there is an increased risk of gingivitis as there also is if you are taking certain medications.

However, by far the most common cause of gingivitis is the build up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is an entirely natural substance but if ignored, it will cause oral problems such as gingivitis. There is, however, little reason to allow the build up of plaque, you simply need to make sure that you brush and floss your teeth well and this should ensure that plaque build up doesn’t cause you any problems.

Whilst plaque is a white sticky substance however, another more difficult form of it is called tartar. This is a much harder substance to get rid of and although you can minimise it by maintaining a good cleaning routine of your teeth, regular check ups at our Harley Street dentist will spot any build up of tartar and your dentist may recommend that you have your teeth scaled and polished to remove this.

Provided that you make sure that you clean your teeth well, and not simply brush them so that your mouth feels fresher, and keep regular appointments at your dentist, the effect that plaque has on your teeth should be relatively minimal.

Whatever you do though, do not ignore early signs of gingivitis as, left untreated, it could build up to cause loss of teeth and even infection of the jawbone itself.

By simply following these steps, you can eliminate or at the very least delay having further cosmetic dental treatments such as dental implants or dentures for a very long time to come.

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