Bleeding Gums

Our dental hygienists can spot early signs of bleeding gums, which is the most common symptom of gum disease.  Whether your gums have just started bleeding or it has been a recurring problem for a significant amount of time, our dental team can intervene and offer the most ideal treatments for your circumstances.  As a provider of your local and expert dental hygienists, we offer periodontal treatment that is used for the cleaning of your teeth and gums.  It’s likely that patients that are suffering from moderate to severe gum disease will benefit from this treatment the most.

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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease describes the swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.

‘Periodontitis’ is the dental term used to describe an inflammatory infection that involves progressive loss of bone beneath the teeth.  When left untreated, this causes the affected teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.   As a result, we strongly recommend you see our dental hygienists regularly. Everyone needs a good oral clean, usually every six months, but some patients may need to go more often.

What causes gum disease?

There are many causes of gum disease and these can vary from patient to patient.  Poor oral hygiene factors are the most common cause of gum disease.  If you are inconsistent with brushing and flossing, you are allowing plaque and tartar to build up and multiply in your mouth.  When you consume food and drink in high sugars, the acid can begin to break down your tooth’s surface, therefore causing tooth decay and the start of moderate to severe gum disease.

As well as poor hygiene, your lifestyle and diet choices can also contribute.  You are much more likely to develop bleeding gums and gum disease if you smoke and drink excessively.  Moreover, if you suffer from diabetes – a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar levels to become too high – then you are particularly at risk.  This means that it is all the more reason to visit us as “80% of teeth are saved by regular dental hygiene appointments with good oral health care habits.”

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What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning.  Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease.  There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth.  As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out. In fact, more teeth are lost through periodontal disease than through tooth decay.


Contact Westbury Dental Care and Implant Centre

If you are suffering from bleeding gums or clear signs of gum disease, we urge you to get in touch with our dental hygienists today so that we can arrange an appointment for you.  Here, we can thoroughly examine your current dental health and offer Periodontal treatment if necessary to do so.  Call us today on 020 8942 8943!