Bleeding, sore or swollen gums can be a sign of gum disease, so it is important to visit us if you have either of these symptoms.
Gum disease is very common, and is caused by a thin layer of bacteria called plaque which builds up on the teeth. The bacteria release poisons which irritate your gums and make them red and swollen.
In the earlier stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis and affects the soft gum tissue. If it is left to progress, it can worsen into its more serious state, periodontitis. This can cause your gums to shrink away from your teeth and the bone supporting your teeth can be destroyed. This means your teeth will become loose and may fall out.
Working with you, we can help to slow down or even stop gum disease from progressing with a good oral healthcare routine and regular professional cleans.
Other factors, such as rubbing dentures, can also cause sore gums. If you are having any gum problems, please do make an appointment to see how we can help you.
- Catherine Wallace