Gingivitis and periodontitis are the leading cause of tooth loss for adults and can be prevented. At Harrow Dental Practice our primary aim is to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy as this is above all, the most important aspect of dentistry.
Gingivitis is a disease that forms around the tooth. Bacteria builds up constantly in our mouths and gingivitis begins with a film of plaque which hardens onto the base of our teeth around our gum line. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis which is very destructive to the gums and the erosion of teeth. The result is the eventual loss of a tooth.
The early warning signs for gingivitis are swollen gums, sensitive gums that are, redness in colour, bleeding gums when flossing or brushing, gums that are receding away from the tooth, bad breath (halitosis), loose teeth or teeth that may change position.
Many factors can contribute to the development of gingivitis including age, osteoporosis and genetics. The main cause is poor oral hygiene but patients must also be aware of brushing their teeth with stiff bristled toothbrushes, breathing through the mouth whilst sleeping and smoking.
Removing plaque is the main focus. At Harrow Dental Practice we recommend every patient attends regular dental hygiene check-ups (at least twice a year). Our dentists and hygienists will not only scale and polish your teeth, but also show you how to clean your teeth properly and maintain healthy gums at home. Dental prevention is better than cure and the most effective way to combat gingivitis is to prevent it.
If you are concerned about bad breath, or your gums are bleeding or you notice plaque around your teeth and want to know more about the affects of gingivitis, please contact Harrow Dental Practice and book an appointment with our friendly dental team.
Call us on 01708 479717 to book an appointment