Do You Have Gum Disease?

The symptoms of gum disease can be more varied than many people believe.

You will have noticed, particularly with the increase in the number of TV adverts for various toothpastes, that many now claim to be effective for those who have bleeding gums.

This is a well known sign of gum disease, and when it occurs, a visit to the Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction, Battersea for treatment, should be high on your list of things to do.

Failing to have professional dental treatment for gum disease will lead to the situation getting worse and is likely to result in periodontitis which is a late stage gum disease in which the bone in the jaw deteriorates, consequently threatening the stability of the patient’s teeth.

But, if your gums aren’t bleeding, does that mean that you are free of gum disease?

Symptoms of gum disease

In fact, gum disease can have many more symptoms, and although bleeding gums is a significant one that certainly needs treating, other less obvious symptoms may also indicate gum disease. The following are some of the other symptoms that can occur:

Halitosis – This usually occurs in the later stages of gum disease and it is likely that you will also have experienced some bleeding by this stage. If, however, you find that you suffer from persistent bad breath that can’t be put down to your diet, we would recommend that you visit our Clapham dentists to have your gums examined.

Tender, reddened or swollen gums – This stage may precede the bleeding gums stage, so if you have any of these symptoms, it is best to arrange treatment before it becomes more advanced.

Loose or sensitive teeth – If the teeth have become loose and you feel any movement at all, it is highly likely that periodontitis has started to occur. By attacking the bone structure in the jaw, patients will find that their teeth no longer remain fixed and may start to become loose. A professional dental clean may help at this stage although the longer it is left, the more likely it will be that you will lose the tooth and ultimately have to take a look at other options, such as dental implants, once the infection is treated and cured.

Receding gums – This symptom can result as a sign of getting older albeit it may not occur for everyone. Irrespective of your age, if you experience this form of gum problem, please make an appointment to see us at your earliest convenience.

In fact, with all of these symptoms, the key is in getting early treatment. By having your gums examined by the hygienists or dentists at the Confidental Clinic, we can determine the extent of any gum disease that you might have and provide suitable treatment. In most minor cases this will consist of a scale and polish, along with advice on future care of your gums. However, for more advanced cases, we may refer you to a specialist periodontist.

If you are exhibiting any of the above symptoms and wish to make an appointment at our local dental Clinic, you can do so by calling us on 020 7801 9060.