Most adults in the UK will have gum disease to some degree and most people will experience it at least once. It is least common in children and is very common within pregnant women. If you are pregnant, your chances of getting gum disease increase because of the hormone changes within the body that make your gums more vulnerable to plaque.
If you think you have gum disease it is vital that you go get your teeth looked at by a professional dentist. They will often deep clean the affected and surrounding areas to combat the disease and help the gums naturally heal themselves. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while and are worried you may have gum disease, visit your nearest 32 Whites Dental & Implant Clinic dentist right away and they will make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Gum disease can have serious implications if left untreated and can even lead to bone loss within your jaw. It can also lead to tooth loss, so getting it underway as soon as possible is the best thing you can do.
Main symptoms to watch out for:
- Your gums bleed when you brush
- Teeth looking or feeling like they’re moving
- Swollen or red (they should be pink) gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Teeth are looking longer than usual (gums are receding)
- Recurring mouth infections or ulcers
- Spaces developing between teeth