Gum Health

It’s vital to look after your gums as part of a good oral health regime.

Bleeding gums, shrinking gums, loose teeth, bad breath and a bad taste can all often be signs that you have progressive gum disease.

Almost 50% of adults in the UK have some form of gum disease, which range in severity. Gum disease is often underestimated by patients – this is mainly because the very first symptoms are not painful, which means they often slip under the radar.

Keeping Gums Healthy

Recent medical advances are increasingly proving that the state of your oral health can potentially affect other aspects of your overall general health too, making it even more important to look after your teeth and gums.

Here are just a few easy ways to do this:

  1. Ensure you brush your teeth regularly and effectively, for at least two minutes each time
  2. Don’t smoke – smoking can not only stain and damage your teeth, and also increases the amount of bacterial plaque your mouth produces.
  3. Cheese and yoghurt are both packed with calcium, which are great for your teeth and bones. Salad greens are a solid option for mealtimes, for similar reasons.

Why Gum Health Is So Important

Looking after gums is crucial to avoiding gum disease. Plaque and tartar are the two main contributors of gingivitis, or gum disease. Plaque is a sticky film that forms over your teeth, comprising bacteria, mucus and food particles. If it’s not dealt with, it then develops into tartar; a harder substance that is even more difficult to eradicate.

Eventually, the bacteria from tartar can lead to gingivitis; it causes an infection in which first the gums become swollen and more prone to bleeding. Over time, the gum will start to pull away from the tooth.

Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, which is usually signalled by further inflammation and bleeding. As the condition progresses, the gum’s attachment to your tooth will start to break down entirely. When it reaches the stage of advanced periodontitis, teeth will start falling out entirely.

Thankfully, due to the severity of the symptoms many people will begin treatment long advanced periodontitis has a chance to fully occur, and at AP Smilecare, we’re on a mission to ensure that never happens to you.

That’s why our hygienists at AP Smilecare can offer a variety of clinics that target your specific gum issues – you can read about some below!

Patients with loose teeth, spontaneously bleeding gums and those who feel that spaces are appearing between their teeth will benefit from this intensive treatment.

Each root surface is effectively cleansed and disinfected by the therapist to allow gums to reattach to the teeth.

Injection free anaesthetics are used making the treatment comfortable. Antimicrobial gels may also be used to help eradicate stubborn bacteria.

Advice and demonstrations on how best to prevent this problem reoccurring is then given.

Unhealthy gums are a contributory factor to other diseases that patients may suffer, so maximising your gum health can be vitally important.

Our maintenance programmes ensure that we monitor the health of the gums regularly.

We will review where plaque may be trapped, causing inflammation. Hard tartar is removed and the teeth are polished to give you back that squeaky clean feel you get after your dental visit.

Smoking, red wine and good food can lead to an accumulation of stains on your teeth over time. You can now pop in on a Saturday morning, without even having to be a registered patient here for a £45.00 spring clean.

This jet washes off any discolouration that has built up over time and instantly spruces your smile before a wedding or an important date!

Our hygienists can also offer our tooth whitening packages, so if you really want to shine ask them for more information.

Call us on 01254 297 000 to book your new patient consultation. You can also make an appointment quickly and easily online.