Bleeding Gums and Loose Teeth
Gums looking red, swollen, bleeding when you brush?
Teeth getting longer and feeling loose?
You could have gum disease!
It all starts with poor cleaning, this is brushing AND flossing AND lack of professional cleaning.
Bacteria on your teeth is called plaque.
Plaque irritates the gums, causing them to turn red and swollen.
This is called Gingivitis. Still totally reversible with a professional clean, then you can stop it coming back by improving brushing AND flossing.
Progressing from gingivitis, next comes gum recession.
This is now permanent irreversible damage, called Periodontitis.
Bone and gums don’t just hold your teeth in your jaw, they also cover the very sensitive part of your tooth called the root.
Deep cleaning can halt the disease, but bone and gums that have been lost will never grow back again.
Now everything looks worse, hurts when eating hot and cold foods and moves.
Gum disease progresses especially fast if you smoke, is diabetic or pregnant.
As it is caused by bacteria, you can catch it from your partner!
If this sounds like you or someone you love, it’s time to act.
Frequently Asked Questions
Occasional bleeding of the gums can be caused by brushing your teeth too vigorously or wearing dentures that don’t fit correctly. Frequent gum bleeding can also indicate more serious conditions, including: periodontitis (an advanced form of gum disease), leukaemia (cancer of the blood)
Short answer, yes. Having a loose tooth does not automatically mean that you will lose the tooth. With the help of a good dentist, a loose tooth can easily be saved in most cases.
One treatment plan for a loose tooth is through tooth splinting. Your dentist will attach a splint or stabilizer to the surface of your loose tooth then bond or connect it to the strong teeth near it. This splint will help your ligaments recover and your loose tooth to strengthen.
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