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Gum Diseases: Certain Tips Help You Avoid the Severe Condition

As far as the UK is concerned, gum diseases are not at all uncommon. According to a recent study, the majority of Britons suffer from this problem in their adulthood, however, that does not mean one is destined to develop gum disease at some point in life, says a leading dentist based in Croydon area.
In order to prevent gum disease it is equally important to understand the problem and take the proper precautions. Therefore, let’s start with understanding the problem first.

Understanding gum diseases

Gum disease is basically an infection that affects the tissues in your mouth, which hold the teeth in place. Film of plaque builds up at the base of our teeth along the gum line. Untreated gum disease causes irreversible damage to your gum tissues and it may even lead to tooth loss.

Gum disease starts with a form called gingivitis. At this stage, it neither causes you any inconvenience nor shows any noticeable symptoms. It is also easier to cure the problem permanently at this stage. Usually, only qualified dental professionals can detect cases of gingivitis. Therefore, routine dental visits prove helpful to keep your gums healthy and strong. At a more advanced level, gingivitis develops into a more severe form called periodontitis.

Reasons behind developing gum disease

Plaque build-up is the reason behind developing gum diseases and poor oral hygiene is the cause behind the build-up of plaque. Proper brushing and flossing of your teeth every day is the best way to remove plaque build-up in your mouth and avoid gum disease. Routine dental visits once every 6 months is also important to detect the problem at its initial stages. Get your mouth professionally cleaned during these visits. When you professionally clean your mouth, both plaque and its hardened version tartar are removed. Otherwise, tartar removal is not possible at home through simple brushing and flossing.

Factors that put you at higher risk of developing gum disease include:

  • Diabetes.
  • Certain medication that reduces saliva production in the mouth.
  • Advanced age, which naturally reduces the saliva production in the mouth.
  • Genes.
  • Change of hormone levels in the body amongs’t women.


Gingivitis has certain tell-tale symptoms, which include the following:
  • Red and/or swollen gums.
  • Bleeding gums – particularly, while brushing.
  • Bad breath.
  • Discomfort and pain while chewing.
  • Loosened teeth.
  • A receding gum line.
If you experience any of these problems, go and see your dentist right away. The earlier gum diseases are diagnosed the easier they are to treat.

Factors that make gum diseases worse

Certain factors make your gum disease worse. These include:
  • Smoking or any other form of tobacco consumption.
  • Neglecting regular flossing.
  • Neglecting proper brushing.
  • Avoiding vitamin C from the diet.
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism.

Avoid these factors to reduce your chances of developing gingivitis or periodontal diseases. Wearing a mouth guard at night, while sleeping, is the best way to prevent damage to your teeth.

Why gum diseases are unwelcome

  • Gum disease, when left untreated, causes loss of bones and tissues in your mouth.
  • Finally, it causes teeth loss.
  • Life becomes unbelievably difficult on many aspects when you lose a tooth or two.
  • Most importantly, tooth loss affects your normal speech, chewing ability and smile.
  • Gum disease also increases your chance of developing heart problems and blood sugar.


The dentist at Smile 4 U dental practice in Croydon, Dr Furqan Ali says, “Modern dentistry offers successful treatment for gum diseases. Apart from that, you can also prevent the problem in the first place.” Here are some tips he shares for you on disease prevention:
  • Develop proper brushing and flossing techniques (You may consult your dentist for this.)
  • Eat a balanced diet including lots of fresh fruits and green, leafy vegetables.
  • To avoid your mouth going dry take a sip of water every 15 minutes during day time.
  • Include milk and other dairy products in your diet.
  • Get the teeth professionally cleaned once every year.
  • Visit your dentist routinely after every 6 months.

If you follow these tips consistently, your chances of developing gum diseases will get reduced to a huge extent.