AIf you go to the dentist twice a year (because surely you go twice a year, right?), Your mind is likely to be full of anxious thoughts about your teeth. Did you touch them for two minutes a day, twice a day? Have you used dental floss diligently? Above all, will the dentist notice that you are wrong?
We have reason to worry, of course – but in doing so, we tend to forget our gums. And this is where your dentist really gets turned on. According to the latest dental survey conducted on British Dental Assocation adult patients, around 45% of us suffer from gum disease. And gum disease is a real sign of trouble.
"It is a common problem, usually caused by bacteria from plaque buildup," explains Ros O & # 39; Leary, a specialist BUPA periodontist. "However, unlike toothache or sensitivity, it does not always cause pain or discomfort, which means it can be more difficult for people to detect."
Why should you be worried about gum disease?
When we talk about gum disease, we are talking about infections from hundreds of different types of bacteria, but there is one in particular that is a major cause of concern. P. gingivalis it is one of the main pathogens that leads to tooth loss in people with gum disease.