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Prevent Bleeding Gums Quickly And Effectively

Friday, September 18th, 2015

3200188_blogWhen it comes to gum disease, prevention is always better than cure, so here are some helpful tips to help keep sore, bleeding gums at bay.

Hone your hygiene skills: good oral hygiene is the best way to keep gum disease at arm’s length and the best news is that you only have to spend a couple of minutes each morning and evening cleaning your teeth to enjoy amazing results. Brushing is essential, but it doesn’t cover the whole of the mouth, so it’s best to team twice-daily brushing with flossing or inter-dental brushing. When you brush, take care to be gentle, as brushing aggressively can damage the enamel and irritate the gums. It’s also advisable to use fluoride toothpaste and to swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

Be wary of warning signs: treating gum disease in the early stages is much easier than treating advanced gum disease and it helps to prevent permanent damage to your gums and the bony structures beneath. If you spot signs of gum disease, make sure you arrange to see your dentist; symptoms to look out for include swelling, bleeding gums, soreness and redness.

Book regular check-ups: regular check-ups enable your dentist to look out for early signs of gum disease and keep tabs on your oral health. Ideally, you should see a dentist every 6-9 months. If you do notice symptoms of gum disease, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible, rather than waiting for your next appointment.

Resist sweet temptations: many of us enjoy sweet treatments from time to time, but sweet and acidic foods are bad news for your teeth and gums, so it’s important to moderate your sugar intake and try to avoid snacking between meals. When you eat, acids are released by bacteria, which soften your enamel. If you eat throughout the day, this mean that your enamel is under constant attack and eventually it will become eroded and cavities will form. These acids also irritate your gums, causing gingivitis (early gum disease).

How Can Gum Treatment Benefit My Overall Health?

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Woman SmileIt may seem a little unlikely that caring for your gums will have a significant impact on your general health, but numerous research studies have established a strong link between oral and general health and it seems that looking after your teeth and gums will produce much greater benefits than a healthy, attractive looking smile. Spending just a few minutes each day caring for your mouth could have significant rewards for your general health.

Oral and general health

As dental professionals, we are always eager to hammer home the importance of a healthy mouth, but don’t just take our word for it – Scientists all over the world have produced incredible findings that suggest a connection between oral and general health. Research suggests that poor oral health, most notably gum disease, can increase the risk of a host of potentially very serious systemic illnesses including heart attacks and strokes. Research has also linked gum disease with a heightened risk of dementia, diabetes and complications during labour and pregnancy.

A study conducted in Scotland, which involved more than 11,000 adults, suggested that people who have poor oral hygiene are more likely to develop gum disease and in turn, suffer from cardiac events, while research cited by the American Academy of Periodontology claims people with periodontitis are up to twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease.

How to prevent gum disease

The good news for our patients is that gum disease is largely preventable and following these simple steps will stand you, your gums and the rest of your body in good stead:

  • brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time
  • floss daily
  • see your dentist every six months
  • watch out for warning signs such as swollen, sore and bleeding gums
  • avoid sugary foods, especially between meals
  • avoid smoking


Don’t Dismiss Those Bleeding Gums And Seek A Solution With A Leeds Dentist

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

2839654_blogIf you’ve watched television of late you may have noticed adverts warning about the dangers of bleeding gums and we encourage all our patients to look out for signs of gum disease. The advert states that you wouldn’t ignore bleeding from any other part of your body, so why ignore your gums and this is a useful message. The problem with gum disease is that it gets worse the longer it is left untreated and eventually causes irreversible damage in your mouth.

Gum disease is preventable, but that doesn’t stop it from being extremely common. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among British adults. It is easy to prevent gum disease with good oral hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices, but it is also important to be aware of the warning signs, so that you are able to act quickly.

If you have bleeding gums, this may be nothing to worry about, but it’s always best to see your dentist and get checked out. If you do have early signs of gum disease, your dentist can treat it before it gets any worse and causes permanent damage. Other signs to look out for include swollen, tender and red gums. Most people tend to notice bleeding when they brush their teeth.

City Dental dentists and dental hygienists work together to treat gum disease and free you from pain as quickly as possible. As well as providing hygiene treatments, they can also offer advice about oral hygiene and giving up smoking. Smoking increases the risk of gum disease.