Did you know that gum disease is the most common dental infection, affecting up to 50% of the population around the world? If left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious problems, including tooth loss. Fortunately, this infection is easily prevented.
At PS Dental Care, our priority is to ensure that your teeth are healthy and infection-free; including gum disease. Your dentist in Soho is committed to the protection of your oral health.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is an infection that affects the gums and the soft tissue surrounding the teeth. Gum disease comes in different stages – the early stage known as gingivitis is highly preventable, whereas the advanced stage known as periodontitis may become dangerous if not properly treated. Early-stage gum disease is difficult to diagnose without the help of your dentist in Soho, since the symptoms are not painful. If your gums have become sensitive and you see blood in the sink every time you brush your teeth, chances are that you are suffering from gum disease and it’s important to let your dentist in Soho know as soon as possible.
Is home care really important?
Oral hygiene at home is the first step towards your protection against gum disease and any other oral infection. People who stay on top of their oral health by brushing and flossing their teeth daily are less likely to develop gum disease. Adding a mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine will also protect your teeth from gum disease. Your dentist in Soho will help you choose the right products.
Know the signs
As we’ve already mentioned, gum disease doesn’t have clear symptoms during its early stages. Some warning signs include red, inflamed, sensitive, bleeding and puffy gums as well as bad breath. Commonly, these symptoms are associated with bad oral hygiene and can be signs that something is wrong with your gums. Gingivitis can be treated with a thorough cleaning and proper home care, whereas periodontitis may require surgery.
Consistent and regular dental visits
Visiting the dentist at least twice a year (or more often if you are prone to infection) is the best way to prevent gum disease. Early detection allows your dentist to treat gum disease more easily.