Gum disease is a very common condition in the UK. This is where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.
Most people experience the effects of gum disease at least once in their lifetime; however, it is far less common in children.
The early stages of gum disease are known as Gingivitis. This is where you may experience bleeding gums when brushing teeth and bad breath. If you notice these signs, we recommend visiting the dentist as soon as possible and before the case becomes worse.
What are the causes of gum disease?
It is typically caused by the build-up of plaque on the teeth and gums.
Plaque: a sticky substance that has bacteria in.
Some of the bacteria in plaque can be harmful to your gums and can be detrimental to your oral health. Without properly brushing your teeth, plaque won’t be removed and the bacteria can irritate your gums, leading to tenderness or soreness.
How to prevent gum disease
Adding these particular habits to your dental routine every day can prevent the build-up of plaque and then the cause of gum disease.
You may think this is automatic, but over half of the UK population don’t brush their teeth at night. Brushing after meals will help to remove extra food and trapped plaque. Remember to brush your tongue.
Flossing will allow the removal of food particles/bacteria between your teeth, which is where your toothbrush cannot reach.
Using a mouthwash after every time you brush your teeth will help to remove plaque as well as remaining food that brushing and flossing missed.