Bleeding or sore gums can be a sign of gum disease, so it is important to visit your dentist 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 upon 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. More advanced cases can seek help from our registered periodontal specialists.
If you are having any gum problems, please do make an appointment to see how we can help you.
Dr Paul Abrahams is the principal dentist at SmileMore and has worked in North London for 21 years providing general and cosmetic dental care.
Dr Paul Abrahams heads up the SmileMore Dental Care team. He qualified at Guys Dental Hospital in 1989, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry since.