If your gums have become swollen or they are sore or infected, you may have gum disease. This is a common problem that affects many people in the UK. At Real Good Dental we are experts at treating gum disease and at working with our patients to ensure that gum disease is prevented through good dental hygiene.
The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, if it isn’t caught and treated in time it can develop into a more serious conditions known as periodontitis, which harms the gums and causes teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that live inside your mouth. These bacteria can build up and form plaque which then irritates the gums. Early signs of gum disease include bad breath and tender, bleeding and inflamed gums. When you visit a Real Dental surgery, your dentist will carry out a thorough dental examination to check the health of your teeth and gums and assess the level of the problem. He or she will then discuss treatment options with you. Treatment will involve giving your teeth a thorough clean to remove plaque. It may also involve further specialist procedures. To keep gum disease at bay, your dentist will also advise you on the steps you should take to improve your dental hygiene.