Reduce tooth decay and remove gum disease with help from our dentists in Dublin
Gum disease is one of the most common diseases in the country and while not difficult to remove, if it’s left untreated, it can cause severe damage to teeth, gums, and your health in general.
Gum disease starts off as a reddening of the gums, which can bleed when brushing or flossing. At this point, it’s easy to remove by adopting a better dental hygiene routine or by visiting our dentist to remove. If gum disease progresses to the periodontitis stage, it can become much more severe. Tooth decay, tooth loss, abscesses, and problems with the jawbone can all arise from gum disease being left unchecked, so it’s important to seek a dental expert if you notice the first signs.
What is periodontal disease?
Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.
Unlike gum disease, tooth decay is irreversible. While some dental treatments (such as cavity fillings) can restore the strength and structure of a tooth, it’s always best to prevent damage in the first place by ensuring you’re taking good care of the teeth you have.
While decay is expected as you grow older, good dental hygiene should keep this progression to a minimum. If a tooth isn’t cleaned properly, it can start to get cavities which need to be filled with dental fillings. If the decay reaches the inside of a tooth, it’s much harder to resolve and can lead to more significant treatments being required, such as root canals or crowns.
Our dentists and hygienists will be able to remove the build up of decay causing bacteria from your teeth, helping to preserve them for longer. We’ll also help you create a dental hygiene routine to keep your teeth healthy.
What do I do if I notice my gums are bleeding?
Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing is a clear signal that something is wrong. While you may have just brushed a bit too hard, it’s worth checking to see if you have any other signs, such as soreness or inflamed gums. If you do, start brushing more carefully, try flossing more often, and use a good quality mouthwash.
If this doesn’t fix the problem, we’ll be able to look into it on your behalf and advise you on the best course of action.
How do I know if a tooth is decaying?
It’s not easy to know. The cavities that are caused by tooth decay can be difficult to feel with your tongue. As a general rule, if you notice a layer of plaque, a sharpness to your tooth, or if it feels sensitive when eating or drinking hot or very cold foods, it’s a sign that you may have decay of some kind and should see one of our dentists.
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