What Is Gum Disease? And Should I Be Whitening If I've Got It?

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is when your gums become inflamed and infected most commonly after a build-up of plaque. It can be damaging to the bone that supports your teeth and can, therefore, cause significant complications if it is not managed.

So, how do you know if you have gum disease? These are the things you should be looking for…

  • Gums that look puffy, red or swollen
  • Gums that feel tender
  • If your gum is beginning to recede leaving more of your teeth exposed
  • Bad breath and/or a constant bad taste in your mouth.
  • Gums that appear to be separated from your teeth
  • Pus from your gums or between teeth and gums

What can you do to manage gum disease?

Yep, you guessed it! Brushing and flossing. Is there anything these two actions don’t help? Keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible, your gums will thank you for it. You can also try getting a professional clean from the dentist to remove plaque which can be a leading cause of gum disease.

Should you whiten your teeth with gum disease?

We do not recommend whitening if your gums are already irritated or inflamed. It’s best to get your symptoms under control before you choose to whiten. The active ingredient in the whitening gel is likely to further irritate the gum so if they are already sensitive or tender- be prepared! If you absolutely must whiten your teeth be cautious of how much you are using, the time you are whitening for and that there is no excess gel resting on or too close to your gums. It’s also important to stop the whitening process if you start to experience pain.

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