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Gum health

At Windsor Smiles, we take your gum health very seriously. Many patients do not realise that by ignoring bleeding or swollen gums they risk losing a tooth or teeth. There is also mounting evidence of a significant link between your general health and gum disease, including higher incidences of diabetes, heart disease, premature births, kidney disease and many others. We can help you care for your gums and will examine them thoroughly at your regular check-ups.

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Gingivitis:  Gum problems occur mostly because of inflammation due to poor dental hygiene and thus the build-up of removable plaque.The inflammation is part of the body’s natural defence mechanisms and in your gums, occurs in response to a build-up of plaque (bacteria) on the teeth. This inflammation is called Gingivitis. It is reversible with correct home plaque control and the removal of deposits in your mouth by the dental hygienist.

Periodontitis:  A more advanced and therefore serious type of gum disease is known as periodontitis. Pockets of ‘infection’ develop inside the gums and attack the bone that holds your natural teeth in place. In some patients, this natural inflammatory process is too severe or poorly controlled and the inflammation actually damages the supporting structures of the teeth permanently, namely gum and supporting bone. Whilst we can control this process and stop the bone loss getting any worse, the bone loss is usually irreversible.

What else causes gum problems?

As well as poor dental hygiene other factors can contribute to the problem such as smoking, stress, overcrowding of your teeth or the presence to underlying diseases which you may be suffering (eg diabetes, poor immune function etc)

Some Symptoms of Gum Problems:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding Gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Bad taste in the mouth

Gum problems and General Health:

Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other diseases in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Strokes
  • Premature Births
  • Cancer
  • Other Gum Problems
  • Gum Recession

Preventing gum diseases:

It is essential to maintain a good oral care regime, including effective brushing twice a day and flossing or cleaning between your teeth regularly.

If you are suffering from gum problems the dental team will assess the severity of your condition as well as how effective you are at cleaning your teeth and then thoroughly clean your teeth and gums. Teaching you how to be excellent at cleaning your own teeth at home, is crucial to long term gum health.

Preventative dentistry is key to maintaining the health of your gums, which is why it is so important to visit the Windsor Smiles hygienists for education on how to effectively remove plaque and clean your teeth and gums, as well as regular gum screening and thorough cleaning sessions. We recommend a minimum of twice a year and sometimes up to 3 or 4 times a year for hygienist sessions.

If you have swollen, bleeding or painful gums, please click here or call 01753 833 755 to contact us and arrange an appointment.

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