Anyone who’s in the oral health field knows how crucial it is to keep one’s gum and oral cavity in tip-top condition. If either one is left untreated and ignored, then you can almost certainly prepare for possible impending health issues later on.
That being said, let’s examine what professional oral physicians such as those at Far Headingley Dental Care Leeds have to say about gum disease, its progression and what are some of the end results of not attending properly to your gum tissue and teeth in general.
Two Kinds Of Gum Disease
Whether it’s a mild inflammation of your gum line, called Gingivitis, or a more advanced state, called Periodontitis, gum disease left without treatment does lead to bone deterioration and tooth loss.
With gingivitis, symptoms begin with redness, swelling and light bleeding. However, it doesn’t necessarily result in tooth loss or more gum tissue loss. Moreover, it can be reversed with diligent brushing, flossing and oral cleanings by a dentist or dental hygienist.
On the other hand, periodontitis, a more severe case of gingivitis that is left untreated, can indeed lead to bone loss and tooth loss with no other path to take except that of an extraction.
Some Basic Symptoms Of Gum Disease Include:
Bad breath that doesn’t go away with mouthwash or regular brushing.
Red, tender, inflamed gums and/or light bleeding.
Pain on chewing food or ice.
Loose or sensitive teeth.
Receding or discolored gum line.
Some Basic Causes Of Gum Disease
Over time, bacteria, mucus and other oral or food particles cause a sticky, buildup of residue called plaque. If left untreated, plaque develops into tartar, a hard, encrusted material that can only be removed by a vigorous and sometimes painful cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Beginning with a brief medical history of patients, a careful examination of the gums is carried out for signs of any illness originating in the mouth. In addition, a tiny probe is sometimes inserted into and around the gum lines to detect any signs of “pockets” in the gums that are infected.
A consistent, maintenance routine of oral cleaning follows with advice on giving up smoking, not eating sugar and keeping a nutritious diet. Followed by a thorough cleaning that removes accumulated plaque and tartar, sometimes a laser cleaning is warranted when the initial one doesn’t do. For further information, please schedule an appointment with your family oral physician for a friendly, convenient and quick consultation.