ALMOST half of all adults in the UK suffer from gum disease.
And in some cases, the disease can seriously affect the quality of life.
Not only can it lead to tooth loss, there’s growing evidence that the disease is linked to life-threatening conditions like dementia.
Fortunately, the disease can be completely cured at home – if caught early enough.
And with dentistry becoming increasingly expensive in the UK, home remedies are needed now more than ever.
This is how you can tell if you have gum disease
There are four different stages of gum disease – and the earlier you catch it, the better.
Healthy gums feel firm.
However, if you have gingivitis — the earliest stage of the disease — your gums may look red, swollen, and bleed when you brush or floss your teeth the Cleveland Clinic.
When it comes to the next stage, called mild periodontitis, the gums may separate from the teeth and create gaps around them.
Bad bacteria can then hide in these gaps.
If mild periodontitis is left untreated, it can develop into a moderate form of the disease, according to the clinic.
When this happens, the bacteria hiding in the gaps between your teeth and gums begin to break down the ligaments, soft tissues, and bone that hold your teeth in place.
At this moderate stage, you may notice bad breath and even pain.
From here, the disease can progress to advanced periodontitis.
This can cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.
How to treat any stage of gum disease
It’s important to know what type of gum disease you have before attempting to treat it.
At the initial stage, the disease can be treated at home. However, it is still recommended to see a dentist whenever possible.
According to the NHS, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste – and spit, not rinse, after brushing.
The health department says, “Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or interdental brushes.”
“Make sure you change your toothbrush every one to three months.”
And go to the dentist and dental hygienist for regular check-ups, it says.
There, your dentist may advise you to have your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist.
However, if you think the disease has reached a mild, moderate, or advanced stage, you may need more serious treatment that only a doctor can provide.
You may need a deep cleaning of your gums, antibiotics, teeth or gum surgery, according to the NHS.