More than just a word, gingivitis should always be taken seriously.
The good news is that people are slowly becoming more aware of the implications of gum disease. Toothpastes which are advertised to help with this are just one of the reasons why people are now better informed. Despite this, one still fairly common response to gum disease is along the lines of “so what’s the problem if my gums bleed a little bit, it doesn’t hurt”.
Unfortunately, whether there is any discomfort or not is largely irrelevant, the damage may be being done beneath the gum line where you cannot see.
No pain no problem?
Whilst it is true that both gingivitis and periodontitis can cause reddened and sore gums, this is not always the case. Nor are bleeding gums. Gum disease can be a relatively silent dental problem that needs regular monitoring to keep under control. At Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford, not only do we recommend regular check ups with one of our dentists, but also to see our hygienist too for a regular scale and polish.
For those who don’t have a scale and polish, and especially if you don’t used dental floss or other inter-dental cleaning tool, there is a possibility that you will have some gum problems, even if you can’t feel or see it.
Gingivitis or periodontitis?
Although both of these are forms of gum disease, they are not separate entities but a lesser and more advanced stage of the same problem. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and can, in many cases, be reversed simply through better cleaning such as the addition of floss and hygienist visits.
When periodontitis occurs, your gum disease problem has reached a significantly advanced stage. Not only are your gums at risk, but the bone that holds your teeth in place may also be under attack. Over time, this will gradually wear away the bone, providing a less secure environment for the tooth which may loosen or even fall out altogether.
Prevention is your best option. Good home cleaning and regular cleaning by our Chelmsford hygienist is the best way to go but if the problem has already reached the stage of periodontitis, this may not be enough to prevent tooth loss. A more invasive procedure sometimes known as a ‘deep clean’, may also have to be performed. This involves the cleaning of the tooth right down to the bone, and may include some bone too. As you can probably imagine, this could be quite an uncomfortable procedure and a local anaesthetic would be necessary.
As we stated earlier, gum disease is definitely preventable if you take care and a clear first step in this is to take the matter seriously. If you haven’t had your gum health checked recently, appointments can be made to see the hygienist at Blue Sky Dental by calling us on 01245 211070.