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Are you suffering from Gum Disease?

Gum disease can be helped by periodontal treatment from our Birmingham Dentists

Gum disease affects a large proportion of the UK but some people are simply unaware of it’s presence. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, your gums are swollen or your teeth are starting to wobble you could be suffering from gum disease.

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gum that can progress to the bone supporting your teeth. If not removed from daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up on your teeth allowing bacteria to infect your gums and teeth.

Early symptoms of gum disease can be recognised by your dentist and be stopped before the disease can cause any real damage. It’s important to combat periodontitis early, if allowed to develop further it could have a dramatic effect on your smile.

Checking if you have Gum Disease

Gum disease is most common amongst adults but can affect people at any age. If you experience any of the following symptoms its advised you seek professional help:

  • Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
  • Gums have become red and swollen
  • Teeth have become lose
  • Spaces have started to form between your teeth
  • When you bite your teeth fit together differently

As gum disease progresses the symptoms get worse. Patients experience noticeable bad breath. Teeth become more sensitive, the gum line recedes and pus can even seep from the gums.

How is Gum Disease treated?

After visiting a dentist due to experiencing some of the symptoms of gum disease they will do a thorough examination to assess its severity. Early stages of gum disease can be treated easily with proper and regular brushing/flossing. Maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene will prevent the build up of plaque that causes your gums to become infected.

However when plaque builds up, it hardens into tartar which cannot be removed by normal brushing or flossing. Either a dentist or dental hygienist will scale your teeth to remove the tartar above and below your gum line. Depending on the severity of the disease, your dentist will be able to supply you with antibiotics and painkillers. Other treatments such as root planing and surgery are available if required to treat more advanced stages of gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to treat gum disease is by preventing it from occurring by maintaining a good standard or oral hygiene. Whilst it may seem like common sense, it’s important the following is carried out to help keep gum disease at bay:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, this helps removes the plaque of the surface of the teeth which can harden into tartar and lead to gum disease.
  • Regular Flossing. This is vital as can get to those hard to reach places a toothbrush simply can’t.
  • An Antibacterial Mouthwash can work in conjunction with brushing and flossing to help remove plaque from your mouth.

What to do for more advice

If you’re suffering from gum disease or experiencing any symptoms it’s worth seeking professional help from a dentist immediately. At the Scott Arms Dental Practice our Dentists in Birmingham have over 22 years of experience treating patients for gum disease related problems. We offer an emergency dental service 365 days a year and treat our patients with the highest standard of dental care.

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Dentist Birmingham answers your Bleeding Gums questions

Dentist Birmingham answers Bleeding Gums questions

Many people in Birmingham and the rest of the UK suffer from bleeding gums, a problem that is rather upsetting for the patient but can easily be prevented.

Bleeding gums may not be as simple as it seems. Can be a precursor to conditions such as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), which if left untreated can lead to Periodontal disease that can damage the teeth and gums.

What are the causes of bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums are caused by the inadequate removal of plaque from teeth at the gum line. Over time plaque builds up and causes the gums to become inflamed, leading to gingivitis. If this isn’t dealt with the plaque can harden to tartar, leading to gum disease.

Bleeding gums can be also caused by infections in the mouth, damage to the gum tissue through an injury, dietry problems, hormonal changes, the use of dentures, flossing when your gums are not used to it (or you’re flossing too hard) and brushing too hard. Whilst the inadequate removal of plaque is the most likely cause of bleeding gums, it does take a trained professional to diagnose the cause.

How can bleeding gums be prevented?

Through maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene, your teeth can be kept free of plaque and prevent conditions such as gingivitis occurring.

Am I more susceptible to gum problems?

Gum problems are more common in patients over the age of 35. Around 30% of people are genetically susceptible to gum disease, this group of people to take extra care with their oral health to ensure periodontal disease is prevented.

Can bleeding gums be due to a problem with my diet?

Certain dietary deficiencies can have an influence on bleeding gums. Vitamin C is important to help the body repair and maintain connective tissue, its antioxidant effects are important in the presence of gum-damaging oxidants. Consuming less than your daily allowance of vitamin C can significantly increase your risk of gum disease.

How can I treat my bleeding gums problem at home?

Brushing your teeth after every meal, using an antibacterial mouthwash and ensuring that you floss at least once a day can prevent bacteria building up on the gum margin. Patients are always advised to reduce their sugar intake within their diet as this is a common cause of many dental problems, sugar promotes the growth of bacteria and the build-up of plaque, making your bleeding gum problem worse.

Smoking can aggravate bleeding gums making them worse. Smoking also reduces oxygen in the blood, with prevents the gum tissue healing properly.

What should I do if my gums get worse?

If you’re suffering from bleeding gums on a regular basis or you’re simply concerned about your oral health it’s worth heading down to your dentist to have a professional take a look. It’s worth seeing a dental hygienist for a professional teeth clean, removing the plaque build-up from the teeth, keeping them and your gums healthy. Feel free to contact the Scott Arms Dental Practice if you need any assistance with your bleeding gum problems.

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