Gum Disease – all you need to know

Gum disease is one of the biggest health complications in the UK amongst adults. In its early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis or periodontal disease. Many people are embarrassed about visiting the dentist over potential gum disease and avoid a meeting altogether – this can have serious repercussions that could also be irrevocable.



Causes and symptoms of gum disease

Gum disease is caused by the simple build-up of plaque on your teeth overtime. This build-up can be prevented by flossing regularly, as flossing will remove the bacteria and food particles that become lodged between your teeth and are difficult to remove with a toothbrush alone.


If you have gum disease you may see your gums bleed while you brush and have problems with bad breath. If you’re consuming a high volume of foods that are full of sugar or heavy carbohydrates, you’re at a greater risk of developing gum disease as well as decay.


If you think you may have gum disease or are at risk of developing it, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Cornerhouse dental where we can look at treatment options with you.


Risks of gum disease include

  • Poor immune system/as a result of illness.
  • Age – as your immune system is weaker, older age can make you more susceptible to gum disease.
  • Poor diet – if you are not getting the vitamins that your body needs, your gums will take the consequences.
  • Family history of gum disease.


Visiting the hygienist  

Dental hygienists can perform a ‘scale and polish’, which is essentially a deep clean of your teeth. A visit to the hygienist removes staining and leaves you with whiter looking teeth as well as freeing your teeth of bacteria that can potentially turn into plaque. Here at Cornerhouse our dental hygienists are highly trained and experienced in thoroughly removing plaque, tartar and bacteria without damaging your teeth’s enamel coating. Our hygienist can also advise you on how to keep your teeth and gums clean in the future and which products to use to do this.


Periodic dental examination to have a healthy mouth and teeth.

Preventative measures you can take against gum disease include maintaining a healthy and normal dental routine – this entails brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time and drinking water after consuming acidic food and drink as well as flossing regularly.




If left untreated, gingivitis will develop into periodontitis, impacting upon the supporting tissues around your teeth. If periodontitis is also left untreated, the bone that connects your jaw and your teeth can become loose and fall out.