Gum disease is one of the most common and
underreported oral health issues for adults. It’s
important to be educated about the early signs of
gum disease and pay us a visit at our Andrew Lee
Dental Practice to prevent more serious damage.
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Gum disease is a condition in which the gums become red and swollen, bleeding and may eventually lead to tooth loss. It is caused by plaque, a sticky layer of bacteria that builds around the arches of the teeth.
The early symptoms of gum disease are typically sore gums during brushing and bleeding gums. As the disease progresses, the gums may recede or pull away from the teeth and pockets of pus can appear.
The best way of avoiding gum disease is to practice good dental hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and monitoring your diet. If you combine this with regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, then you should be able to combat plaque buildup and stop gum disease from progressing.
The fundamental treatment for gum disease is removing plaque from the arches of the teeth. This can be achieved through competent teeth brushing and teeth cleanings from a dental hygienist.
If gum disease is left untreated, then the condition may lead to gum recession and possibly tooth loss. However, with proper treatment and care, patients with gum disease can maintain healthy teeth and gums.
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