Having healthy gums is not something we often celebrate but actually it’s much harder to keep beautiful pink gums than we realise. It’s reported that over half of adults have some form of gum disease, and yet we don’t really talk about it much or the long term implications of suffering with it can have on our long-term health. We at vogue dental care want to de-stigmatize the shame that comes with admitting you have some form of gum disease, so we can encourage people to get the help they need from their dentist Luton earlier and prevent more serious stages of gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease happens when there is a build of bacteria and gums that’s left to sit on the gum and tooth line for too long. It turns to tartar and plaque which then starts to send out nasty acidic germs and it’s these more intense germs that begin to rot our gums and in some cases begin to cause tooth decay. The reason our gums go red, swollen and then become super sensitive, and bleeding easily is because our bodies can feel something is wrong in the area and what’s to protect the area by sending lots of blood there. If you are experiencing bleeding, swollen or sensitive gums it’s best you come and see us at the practice as soon as you can so our dentist Luton can check to see what exactly is going on.
What if i do have gum disease?
Firstly don’t panic, it’s super frightening when you are told you have gum disease for the first time. We’ve all seen the adverts where peoples teeth fall out but it’s highly unlikely that will be you. For the vast majority of our patients they are in the very early stages of gum disease and this can be easily corrected by a deep clean by the hygienist.
What does a hygienist do?
A dental hygienist trains for two years in order to be able to perform their job. They are super well trained at giving in depth scales and polishes to patients. It’s these deep cleans that get rid of all the bad bacteria and build up that isn’t always visible to you in the mirror. They can provide you with dietary advice to help keep teeth and gum healthy and can also talk more with patients about what constitutes a good oral hygiene routine. Which leads on to our next point.
Have you ever heard the phrase, you can lead the horse to water but you can’t make it drink? Yep, that rings true of oral hygiene. We can show you the very best techniques when it comes to tooth brushing, flossing and the use of interdental brushes but if you aren’t willing to commit time and care to your teeth everyday gum disease will return and return again and eventually it will cause you serious damage to your teeth and gum.
If you would like more information on gum disease and what’s included in a good dental routine, book in with your dentist Luton for a check up and catch up. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.