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Healthy Gums

Looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth. Healthy gums don't just mean a healthy mouth, they can also impact on your overall health and wellbeing – after all, the health of the body begins with the mouth. We as dental care professionals are here to help prevent and control dental conditions and disease.

At St Paul's Dental Practice we are committed to Preventative Dentistry – stopping dental problems before they arise, thus avoiding potentially serious and uncomfortable conditions, and avoiding the need for more expensive treatments. We have a team of two Hygienists who are specially trained in identifying and treating all gum problems. They can help you take care of your gums and improve your oral hygiene, and treat any conditions as soon as they happen.

Without regular cleaning and a good oral healthcare regime, gum disease can occur. The primary cause of gum disease is plaque. Plaque is a layer of bacteria which forms on the surface of your teeth and gums. Gum disease happens in two stages; the first stage is called Gingivitis, and if this is left untreated the more serious form, Periodontitis can arise.

Symptoms of Gingivitis include:

  • Red, swollen gums.
  • Painful gums.
  • Blood on your toothbrush or in the sink after brushing.

If you notice any of the symptoms of gingivitis you should contact the practice immediately to book an appointment. Our Hygienists can help by thoroughly cleaning your teeth to remove plaque and tartar with a Scale and Polish and Deep Scaling. They'll also provide you with information about tooth brushing and how to keep your gums healthy at home, in the form of a bespoke oral health care plan.

Our Hygienists can also help with the more serious form of gum disease, Periodontitis.

Symptoms of Periodontitis include:

  • Receding gums.
  • Discharge around the gums.
  • Increased movement or mobility of the teeth.
  • Gum abscesses.
  • Tooth loss.

Again, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should get in touch with the practice immediately to book an appointment with one of our Hygienists.

Our Hygienists' top tips for Healthy Gums

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride tooth paste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist/hygienist regularly, as often as they recommend.
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